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Online Functional Skills in English Course (exam included)

City and Guilds Functional Skills Courses

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Course Overview

This Functional Skills Level 2 in English course is fully accredited and is accepted by Universities and Higher Education establishments as a GCSE Grade 4 (C) Equivalent. This course is completed on our online learning system course and only takes 4 – 12 weeks to complete.

Once you have begun your journey with us, you will have access to our online learning system where you will be able to access your e-learning course, complete your online practice exam and view many other learning resources to help brush up your skills. Our online learning platform is easy-to-use and compatible with computers, Macs and mobile devices.

Throughout your course, you will be completing initial and diagnostic assessments, regular skills checks and working your way through an adaptive learning plan that is dependent upon your own skills and abilities.

You will be tested on your ability and understanding by an invigilated examination in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, which can be taken either at our centre in London, or from the comfort of your own home.

This Level 2 Functional Skills in English Course is quick and easy to enrol onto, after purchase you will receive login details by email to begin your online journey.

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Course Details

Online Functional Skills in English Course (exam included)

  • Time: Non-Applicable
  • Learning style: E-Learning
  • Access to Course: 6 Months
  • Venue: Non-Applicable
  • Ofqual Registered: Yes
  • Awarding Body: City and Guilds
  • Payments: Non-Applicable
  • Totum Card Eligible: Yes
  • Accepted by: Non-Applicable
  • GCSE Equivalent: Yes
  • ID Card Included: Non-Applicable
  • Approved by: Non-Applicable
  • Valid for: Non-Applicable
  • Can be completed within: 2-weeks
  • Qualification Ref: Non-Applicable
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Career pathways for this Course

Functional Skills can be used in a range of different industries such as business, teaching, childcare and social care aswell as being the foundation for future education and studying. By gaining Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT you will be prepared to apply to universities and colleges, apprenticeships or a new job role in any sector. Developing functional skills can increase confidence and improve both work performance and productivity. 

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About this course

This online Functional Skills in English course is available to all candidates looking to improve their level of English. Candidates can enrol on this Functional Skills in English course at any level, as the course will help to improve their skills from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. This online course lasts for up to 6-months, and the exam can be taken at Level 1 (GCSE Grade D) or Level 2 (GCSE Grade C). Upon completion of this online Functional Skills in English Course, candidates can take an accredited GCSE English Equivalent Exam at our centre, or online from the comfort of their own home.


How it works

After purchase, you will be sent login details by email for you to access your own online Functional Skills English course, which you will be able to access 24/7 for up to 6 months. As well as tutor support available upon request, this online Functional Skills in English course includes;


  • Initial assessments to determine your current academic level. The Functional Skills English course will then open at the level of your score. (It will not cost you anything extra if you start the course at Level 1 and work your way up to Level 2 ahead of the final examination)


  • Diagnostic Assessment to look at all of the different elements you are competent in and which areas require more work


  • Interactive Learning Resources will be provided based on your Functional Skills English diagnostic assessment.  You will be given information, practice quizzes, and assessments. There are 12 modules to go through


  • Skills Checks are carried out after each learning resource is complete. These will quiz you at the end of any of the course modules to ensure you have gained all the knowledge required for that topic.


  • Coursework units will open for you to complete. You will write up short reflections and evaluations. These will be checked by your assessor.


  • Exam Practice Papers will be provided once you have worked through all the English learning resources and are working at your desired level. You will complete 2 papers, 1 non-calculator and 1 calculator permitted. One of our experienced tutors will mark them and give you feedback


  • Your examinations will be scheduled on a date that is best suited for you. There will be  2 invigilated English Exams in total, 1 for reading and 1 for writing, which is taken on the same day, approximately 15 minutes apart. You will also need to complete a speaking and listening assessment, which is arranged and taken remotely, so you can complete this via Zoom from home using a computer, or even your smart phone.  You can choose to either take the invigilated Functional Skills in English exams at our centre in London or take the exam from the comfort of your own home on your computer.

TOTUM Card Eligible

Candidates enrolled in this course are eligible to apply for an NUS TOTUM Pro Student Discount Card, please follow the link for more information: https://www.thelearningstation.co.uk/totum-id-card


How the exam works

Once you have completed your Online English Course on your learning account, you can then book your English examination with us. We require a minimum of 7-days notice for any examinations. 


Upon booking the exam via your online account, you will receive a booking confirmation so you know that your slot is secure. 

If you have paid to take your Functional Skills English exam online, the awarding body will email you 2-working days after your booking with joining instructions. 

Please take note of the entry requirements, as if you do not meet these requirements you will not be able to sit the online English exam. 

The modules included in this qualification are:

Online Examination

  • 1 Hour and 10 Minute Examination: Reading
  • 1 Hour and 20 Minute Examination: Writing
  • Assessment: 10 Minute Presentation
  • Assessment: 10 Minute Discussion
  • Assessment: 10 Minute Presentation Feedback

In-centre examination

  • 1 Hour and 10 Minute Examination: Reading
  • 1 Hour and 20 Minute Examination: Writing
  • Assessment: 10 Minute Presentation
  • Assessment: 10 Minute Discussion
  • Assessment: 10 Minute Presentation Feedback

English Exam results can be held for up to 32 days from the date of the exam being taken. 
You must arrive on time for your Functional Skills English Exams or you will need to pay the retake fee.

Examination Timetable (available dates and times)

In-house examinations

Examinations are run every Tuesday and Thursday

Tuesday – 10 am

Thursday – 10 am


Online Examinations

Examinations are run every weekday (Mon-Fri) at the following times;

  • 10 am - 1.30 pm
  • 11 am - 2.30 pm
  • 12 pm - 3.30 pm
  •  1  pm - 4.30 pm
  •  2  pm - 5.30 pm
  •  3  pm - 6.30 pm

We require 7-days notice for exam bookings


Units and Pathways

Your Functional Skills in English course will cover the following course modules;

3 distinct strands each of which are assessed separately. All of the tasks and assessments are based on practical real-life situations which you could encounter in your work or home life. They also include the use of presentation skills as well as using grammar, spelling, and punctuation correctly.

Speaking and listening: Taking part in a discussion, listening and responding to other people’s points of view, being able to present your ideas to a small group

Reading: Reading a variety of different texts and interpreting and responding to the information

Writing: Presenting information and ideas in your own words.


Results and Certification

Results for Functional Skills in English qualifications are usually available within a couple of weeks, however, they can in some cases be held for up to 32-days from the date the exam was taken. The results will be emailed to you once they have been published for the centre to view by the awarding body.


The certificate will be sent to you by email if you have passed your exams, and this will be sent in the form of an e-certificate which Universities and higher education will accept as a GCSE English Equivalent Qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this Functional Skills in English qualification, however, candidates must be over 16 to enrol. As this course is delivered online, we highly recommend using a computer/laptop to complete the course with us.


In-centre examinations

The Functional Skills in English exam is available to all candidates aged 16+. Candidates will be required to travel to our centre in London for the exam.


Online Examinations

To be eligible for online examination, learners will need to have a laptop/computer with the following features:

  • A Web Camera
  • A computer/laptop with a windows operating system (Mac/Tablet/Chromebooks are not compatible)
  • A smartphone with a camera
Fees, Rescheduling, and Retakes

If in the unfortunate event you are not successful in any one of your examinations, each examination will be chargeable for re-take at £50.00 per exam.

Reading Retake = £50.00

Writing Retake = £50.00

Speaking and Listening Retake = £50.00

Reading and Writing Retake Combined = £80.00

You can request for your examination to be re-marked, however, this is subject to a £50.00 remarking fee.


If for any reason you are not able to attend your exam or miss your appointment with less than 2-working days notice, you will need to pay the retake fee if you wish to take your exam.


You can re-schedule your exam free of charge if you have provided 2-working days’ notice. This needs to be sent in writing to [email protected]


If you are not able to finish your Functional Skills in English course on time, and require additional time to study, you will need to repurchase the online course to ensure you receive support from your tutor and have access to your online learning account.


Although the course lasts for up to 6-months, you have up to 9-months to book your exam from the date of purchase.

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