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Functional Skills English Level 2 – GCSE Equivalent

Functional Skills English Level 2 – GCSE Equivalent


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Edexcel, NCFE & Open Awards Accredited

Ofqual Regulated

Ofqual Regulated

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Accepted by

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Course Highlights:

  • This qualification is equivalent to GCSE grade C or 4
  • Take the Exam from Home – Guaranteed Fast Track Results
  • Exam Booking within 2 Working Days of Enrolment
  • Remote Exam Online or Paper based both option available
  • Course Duration: 55 hours
  • Unlimited Access to Course Materials
  • Get Free Mock Tests & Free Past Papers
  • Extra 25% Time for people with Learning Difficulties
  • NCFE, Pearson Edexcel & Open Awards all are OFQUAL-regulated and nationally recognised

Exam slots are available 24*7 from Monday to Sunday. If you are in a rush and would like to book your exam sooner, then you can book your remote online exam within 3 working days for Open Awards, 2 working days of enrolment for NCFE and within 7 working days for Pearson Edexcel.

Please note the exam price advertised on the website for the Open Awards remote invigilation exam is applicable for weekdays (Monday to Friday between 9 am to 5 pm). If you would like to book the Open Awards remote invigilation exam at the weekend then there is an additional £25+Vat applicable.

Why is this Functional Skills Level 2 English online course right for you?

Our expert designed Online Functional Skills Level 2 English has smart learning options that provide the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in Functional Skills English.

Whether you want to improve your literacy skills, our level 2 English course is tailored to meet your specific needs and help you achieve your academic and career goals from the comfort of your home.

You also get the opportunity to book Live 1:1 tutor support via Zoom.

With interactive lessons, FREE mock test, personalised feedback and remote exams, our Level 2 English Qualification ensures a comprehensive and engaging learning experience.

Course Details for Functional Skills English Level 2

You can decide the exam date and place according to your convenience. 

Awarding Body  Paper Based Exam in Centre  On Screen Exam in Centre  Remote Online Exam – From Home  Results 
Edexcel  Book within 15 days  Book within 24 Hours  Book within 7 working days  Get results in 20 working days 
NCFE  Book within 10 working days  Book within 24 Hours  Book within 2 working days  Get results in only 7 days 
Open Awards  N/A  N/A  Book within 2 working days  Get results in only 16 to 32 working days


*Offline examinations will be held at our Swindon and London centres. Please contact us for more information. 

The new assessment and result dates by NCFE is-

  • Delivery mode: Paper-based
  • Assessment date to and from: 17/06/2024 – 19/07/2024
  • Results release: 26/07/2024
  • Delivery mode: On-screen and RI
  • Assessment date to and from: 20/05/2024 – 27/06/2024
  • Results release: 04/07/2024

(Note that this only applies to the mentioned exam type and if you book the exam during the dates mentioned above. Also, this will not affect the schedule of the other exam types and results.)

Attend Live Zoom class twice a week. Please find the class schedules below.

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Class Schedule-Functional Skills Maths Level 2 (Problem Sloving Class)

  • NCFE, Pearson Edexcel and Open Awards are OFQUAL-regulated and nationally recognised; however, the only difference lies in the exam booking and result turn-around time.
  • You can book your remote online exam within 2 working days of enrolment for NCFE, within 7 working days for Pearson Edexcel and within 3 working days for Open Awards.
  • You can get your NCFE results in 7 days, your Edexcel results in 20 working days and your Open Awards results within 16 working days.
  • All of the awarding bodies are accepted by universities and apprenticeships. This distinction allows learners to choose the awarding body that aligns best with their educational and career goals.

Unit 1: Speaking and Listening
The speaking and listening section entails comprehensive learning and activities, including presenting and narrating skills, argument presentation techniques, and more.

Unit 2: Reading
Learn to read a text with the help of scanning, skimming, detailed reading, and also, learn how to find organisational features’ purpose from the text.

Unit 3: Writing
The writing part will cover English grammar, including punctuation, spelling, syntax, etc. enabling you to avoid all the writing errors and mistakes.

This Level 2 Functional Skills English course will help you build a solid foundation in English. Throughout the course, it will provide you with various learning materials and activities to enhance your understanding of these subjects.

  • Initial Assessment: To identify the current level of a student’s abilities and recommend the appropriate course to enrol in upon completion.
  • Diagnostic Assessment: Identifies skill gaps and produces an individual learning plan
  • Learning Resources: Comprehensive video tutorials, practice quizzes & topic-based tests
  • Progress Tracker: To record your progress in the course
  • Free Mock Test: Access our free mock test facility for professional feedback and to prepare for the final exam.

This level 2 English qualification is available to all students of all academic backgrounds; no experience or previous qualifications are required. However, you will require a laptop/desktop computer and a good internet connection.

The Pearson Edexcel, NCFE and Open Awards Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2 consist of 3 exams, these are Reading, Writing and Speaking, Listening and Communicating. 

Speaking, Listening and Communicating (SLC) Exam 
Awarding Body  Duration  Number of Marks 
Pearson Edexcel / NCFE / Open Awards  Up to 25 minutes  Pass/Fail 


SLS Exam Pearson Edexcel / NCFE: Speaking, listening and communicating are assessed through one 5-minute presentation and linked question and answer session in groups of three to five and one 15-minute formal discussion together in groups of three to five learners. This exam will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. 

SLS Exam Open Awards: Speaking, listening and communicating are assessed through one 10-minute presentation and linked question and answer session in groups of three to four and one 10-minute formal discussion together in groups of three to five learners. This exam will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

Reading Exam 
Awarding Body  Duration  Number of Marks  Pass Mark 
Pearson Edexcel  75 minutes  35  65% 
NCFE  60 minutes  30  53% – 57% 
Open Awards  60 minutes  30  18 out of 30 

 Reading is assessed through a test consisting of multiple-choice, short open-response and medium open-response questions. 

Writing Exam 
Awarding Body  Duration  Number of Marks  Pass Mark 
Pearson Edexcel  60 minutes  36  63% 
NCFE  60 minutes  44  57% – 61% 
Open Awards  60 minutes  60  36 out of 60. 

 Reading/Writing Exam Pass Mark: Learners are required to achieve an overall percentage of marks mentioned in the above table to pass the English reading exam. However, the awarding process will determine specifically where the pass mark sits for each assessment version. Therefore, the pass mark may vary between assessments.

This Functional English Level 2 has been independently accredited by Pearson Edexcel, NCFE and Open Awards also regulated by Ofqual. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is responsible for regulating qualifications, assessments, and examinations in England.


Pearson Edexcel is the most prestigious awarding body, for academic and vocational qualifications. Pearson Edexcel qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and recognised by universities and employers across the world.



NCFE is a charity and awarding organisation that provides qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is regulated by Ofqual in England and recognised in Wales and Northern Ireland.


Open Awards

Open Awards is an awarding organisation that offers a wide range of qualifications across various sectors, including education, health and social care, and business. Their qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and are designed to meet the needs of learners and employers. Open Awards also works closely with educational institutions and employers to ensure their qualifications are relevant and up-to-date.



Upon completing Level 2 English, you will be awarded the qualification: Pearson Edexcel or NCFE or Open Awards Functional Skills Qualification in English at Level 2 (depending on what exam body you choose), which is highly valued and accepted by all employers in the UK and globally. You will be provided a certificate (hard copy) posted to your designated address.


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Functional skills English Level 2 is a qualification demonstrating a high proficiency level in English. It is equivalent to a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and is recognised by employers and universities as evidence of a good standard of literacy. The Level 2 qualification covers the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening and is designed to develop practical skills for everyday life, work, and further education.

The functional skills level 2 pass is equivalent to GCSE grade c and level 4.

You can easily pass the exam if you practice reading, writing, and speaking in English regularly. Additionally, familiarising yourself with the exam format and taking practice tests can also help you achieve success. Our course provides comprehensive study materials, practice exams, and tutor support to help learners prepare for and pass the exam.

To know better, check out this blog, ‘How to Pass Functional Skills Exam | Math, English & ICT’.

The functional skills English level 2 is considered easier than GCSE English because the exams are more targeted and specific, focusing on practical skills necessary for everyday life. It is difficult to compare the two as they have different formats and objectives. However, functional skills may focus more on practical communication skills, while GCSE English may require more analysis and critical thinking.

No, it would not be. Once you have passed and achieved the functional skills Level 2 course online, it will stay with you for a lifetime.

Yes, employers accept and appreciate the functional skills certificate holders as these skills help the employee solve issues arising in the middle of the business.

You can access the course material for 1 year with the help of a username and password. You just need to log into your account with the username and password.

If you require a replacement of your certificate, you can order again from the following link: Order Your Certificate Or please contact our dedicated customer support team via info@lead-academy.org.

Yes, you can. Since it is an e-learning course, anyone from anywhere can enrol in our courses.

The professional body approves the procedures if any e-learning platform claims its courses are accredited.

You will only realize the benefit of having an accredited certificate once you face the corporate world. As employees, job places, and more value the accredited certificate, you must own this certificate by doing the course with us.

Exdexcel is a British multinational education and examination body. If any functional skills training providers claim the course is Edexcel accredited, that means the course has been approved by the governor body of Edexcel. Their certificates have been valued in the UK and worldwide.

For Pearson Edexcel and NCFE:

To sit your assessment, you’ll need:

  • A laptop/desktop with webcam and microphone; you can’t sit the assessment on a tablet or smartphone a good Wi-Fi connection – recommended minimum 1Mbit/s Upload, minimum 10Mbit/s Download. You MUST use google chrome browser for the exam, as this is recommended by the awarding body.
  • A smartphone or tablet (Apple iOS 8.0 / Android 4.1 or higher) - this will be used to record you taking the assessment.
  • A suitable environment - quiet room with no distractions
  • The link for the assessment sent to your email; remember to check your spam/junk folder.
  • You must activate Airplane mode on your smartphone however you need to be connected to Wi-Fi, so turn on Airplane mode then reactivate your Wi-Fi.
  • Please familiarise yourself with the potential violations as these can potentially lead to the assessment being voided.
  • Ensure ALL equipment is plugged in (including phone for the recording of sessions). Loss of power at any point could lead to the assessment being voided.
  • You must brief other members of your household/workplace that you’re sitting an assessment, and they must not enter the room at any point.
  • There is a 24-hour live chat function within the assessment software for technical support should you need it at any time.

  • For Open Awards:

    In order to take your exam, you need to have the following equipment:

  • A good quality laptop or PC with a minimum screen size of approx. 14” and minimum resolution of 1024 x 768.
  • A stable internet connection with at least 3mbps.
  • An integrated (i.e., fixed) webcam on your PC/ laptop or a portable webcam.
  • If using a PC/ laptop with an integrated webcam, a reflective surface (e.g., a mirror) must be available. This will be used to show the invigilator the space immediately surrounding your screen and keyboard.
  • A basic (non-scientific) calculator for maths assessments. You will have access to an on-screen calculator but may feel more comfortable using a separate calculator. Please note that all workings need to be added to the assessment platform if you use a separate calculator so that your workings can be marked.
  • Plain paper. You will need to show this to your invigilator at the beginning of the exam to assure them that you do not have access to notes.
  • A dictionary (where allowed).

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    Microsoft Edge: Version 88.0.705.81 or newer Firefox: 31.0 or above Safari: 6.2 or above Safe Exam Browser 2.0.2 or above
    Please note: Chromebooks are not compatible with the Safe Exam Browser
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