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Functional Skills - English

Functional Skills levels 1 & 2

Subject Overview

This specification, Functional English Level 1 and Level 2 (4720, 4725), gives students practical skills for the modern world and helps them get the most from life, learning and work.

This specification aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assesses whether students can use these skills in everyday situations.

Often a student's first accredited qualification in English, this course can be used in preparation for GCSE. It is suitable for a wide ability range and is used by many schools as a replacement for SATs.


Topic Overview

Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer term

Part 1 Reading

Reading section 1 - How texts are presented

  • The Purpose of different Texts
  • Identifying tone and style
  • Recognising how text is presented
  • Spotting different
  • Types of text

Part 2- writing

Section 1-Writing Structure and Planning

  • Knowing your audience and purpose
  • Planning your answer
  • Drafting and checking
  • Using paragraphs
  • Changing your layout

Section 2- Choosing the right Language and Format

  • Writing letters
  • Writing emails

Section 3 –Using Grammar

Using sentences

Taking about things in the:

  • Present
  • Past
  • Future
  • Using joining words
  • Punctuating sentences
  • Using commas and apostrophes

Mock exam in December

Speaking and Listening assessments

  • Planning your talk
  • Conducting your talk.

Reading section 2- Reading for detail

  • Picking out the main points
  • Using layout to help
  • Answering tricky questions
  • Reading test practice

Section 5- Using correct spelling

  • Helpful spelling tips
  • Making plurals
  • Adding prefixes and suffixes
  • Common spelling mistakes
  • Commonly used words

Writing test practice

Writing tasks


  • Revision and past papers



Examination Board

AQA English (4720) (4725)

Learning beyond the classroom

Students will have the opportunity to practise these skills when they embark on their work experience.                                                                                                                

Progression Pathways and Careers


Functional Skills courses based on these specifications should help people to gain the most out of life, learning and work. The skills are learning tools that enable people to:

  • apply their knowledge, skills and understanding in order to participate and progress in everyday life, education, training and employment,
  • engage competently and confidently with others,
  • solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.

Often a student's first accredited qualification in English, this course can be used in preparation for GCSE.

Useful Links


For further details Contact

Caroline Phillips (level 1 & 2) cphillips6.302@lgflmail.org