NCFE Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English
About this qualification:
The purpose of the Functional Skills English Level 2 qualification is to prepare the learner for work, study and life. Learners who achieve this qualification will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English. Learners will be able to apply these skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in real life situations.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for learners studying the following:
• Study Programme
• Alternative to GCSE
• As a standalone qualification
There are no pre-entry requirements for this qualification and no minimum age requirement has been set for registration.
This qualification is assessed via 2 external assessments and one controlled assessment.
The external assessments cover the following components:
The controlled assessment covers the following component:
• Speaking, Listening and Communicating
Online assessment is available for this qualification, and live online assessments are now bookable. Please visit our Online Assessment page for further information.
Learners are now able to complete online/onscreen external assessments at home using our remote invigilation solution. Also referred to as remote proctoring, remote invigilation allows a learner to be observed via audio and visual links when completing their online/onscreen external assessment at home.
NCFE offers a remote invigilation solution for all our Level 1 & 2 Functional Skills external assessments. Find out how to get approval here.
Regulations for the Conduct of External and Controlled Assessments
Qualification Specific Instructions for Delivery (QSID)
Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy
Direct Claim Status (DCS)
Contextualised Assessment Request Form
CPD Training and Events
Diagnostic and Assessment Tools
Department for Education Subject Content for English
Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills English qualification factsheet (PDF | 139 KB)
NCFE have password protected the latest external assessment past-paper, mark scheme and chief examiner report. You are now able to use these as current and valid mock assessments. To access the documents, you will need a Portal login. If you do not have a Portal login please contact your Portal administrator.
Learner observation and assessment record (LOAR) - Level 2 Functional Skills English SLC (DOCX | 57 KB)
Learner observation and assessment record (LOAR) - Level 2 Functional Skills English - exemplar (PDF | 269 KB)
Assessor instructions and guidance - Speaking, Listening and Communicating (PDF | 442 KB)
Functional Skills English (Level 2) Scheme of Work
An exemplary scheme of work that defines the structure and overview of the content for the Level 2 Functional Skills Qualification in English.
Functional Skills English (Level 2) Resources
Bespoke resources including learner activity question and answer worksheets, engaging PowerPoint presentations and explanatory videos.
Functional Skills English (Level 2) Reading Learner Workbook and Answers
This workbook compliments our Level 2 English reading resources pack by providing a comprehensive overview of all subject content at this level.
Functional Skills English (Level 2) Writing Learner Workbook and Answers
This workbook compliments our Level 2 English writing resources pack by providing a comprehensive overview of all subject content at this level.
Functional Skills English (Level 2) Learner Checklists
These learner checklists cover Level 2 English, reading and writing, for functional skills. They can be used to help your learners identify their strengths and areas for improvement during the course.
Speaking, Listening and Communicating