English Functional Skills

Level 2 Functional Skills

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English Functional Skills level 2 AF-ENGLF2-D(0000)005

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Functional Skills

Academic Year 2022-23 (1 years)

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This course will teach you the literacy skills that employers are looking for. The Functional Skills Level 2 qualification is at the same level as a grade 4 at GCSE English Language and is well respected by many employers.

You will learn how to find information quickly in non-fiction texts, how to decide whether something is a fact or an opinion and how to explain the techniques a writer has used to persuade the reader or gain their trust. You will practise writing emails, letters, reports and reviews and will be shown ways to improve your spelling and punctuation. A lot of the work will involve discussions and a third of the marks for the course are awarded for speaking and listening. You will learn how to have a successful discussion and how to give a persuasive presentation. You will also have the chance to do some creative writing.

You must have either passed English Functional Skills Level 1 or have a Level 2 pass in GCSE English Language.

On this course at HSDC Alton, you will study the following:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening

You will need to take part in discussions and give a presentation.

You will have one lesson each week that will be either classroom-based or delivered via a virtual classroom. You will practise two skills each lesson, such as reading and speaking or reading and writing. There are many resources such as PowerPoint presentations and videos to help you with your learning on Google Classroom (the class virtual classroom). Activities are often individual or small group based. There are many opportunities for group discussions and if the lesson is online, you can chat on Google Hangouts. A popular speaking task is to plan a party for a child then present the plans to your lecturer in the role as a parent. You will have two reading and two writing assessments every term to prepare you for the external exams, which are usually taken in May. You will be expected to complete a task in your own time at least once every two weeks.

To successfully complete this course, you must pass all three of the components:

– Reading – 1 hour external exam in May
– Writing – 1 hour external exam in May
– Speaking and Listening, at least one discussion and one presentation assessed by lecturers over the year.

You will need to have a memory stick and provide your own pens, paper and highlighters.

This course is useful if you intend to complete an apprenticeship or go into employment. It can also be followed by taking a GCSE course in English Language which is often required if you want to study for a degree course.

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