1Course Overview

Edexcel Functional Skills English Level 2 inc Exams

Course code: OSC1320

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Improve your knowledge of written and spoken English from the comfort of your own home through distance learning - now with exams included!

This course provides you with the course materials and includes the examination fees needed to successfully gain your Edexcel Functional Skills English Level 2 qualification. The examinations for this course can be taken in Birmingham, Manchester or London, and we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. 

This course has been design by Open Study College to enable students to learn and develop real-life functional skills in English.

  • Develop your communication and speaking skills in a range of different topics
  • Learn how to write correctly and effectively 
  • Understand different components of the English language and how to use them correctly

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way through email support.

You can work at your own pace. 

Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

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2Course Content

Unit 1: Speaking, listening and communication

  • Considering complex information and giving an appropriate response
  • Presenting information clearly and persuasively
  • Taking part in discussions

Unit 2: Reading

  • Types of text and their purpose
  • Scan reading
  • Detecting point of view, implicit meaning and/ or bias
  • Selecting texts
  • Analysing text and considering suitable responses

Unit 3: Writing

  • Audience and purpose
  • Structure and planning writing
  • Writing style for different purposes
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation
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All of the following assessment components are necessary to successfully complete this course: 

Paper 1: Speaking, listening and communication

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Weight: 33.3%
  • Assessment format: Students must take part in in a range of speaking activities

Paper 2: Reading

  • Type: Onscreen assessment or paper-based
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Weight: 33.3%
  • Total marks: 30
  • Assessment format: Students will read and answer questions on three texts

Paper 3: Writing

  • Type: Onscreen assessment or paper-based
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Weighting: 33.3%
  • Total marks: 30
  • Assessment format: Students will complete two writing tasks

Course Duration

You will have a full year (12 months) to complete this course. You may start at any time and can study at your own pace. 

Study Method

This course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. You will receive your course materials by post or online, whichever you choose as well as full tutor support by email. The examinations for this course will be taken in Birmingham, Manchester or London; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. 

Course Outcomes

On completion of this distance learning course and relevant examinations, you will be awarded the Exdecel Functional Skills Qualification in English Level 2.


Course Questions & Answers

What skills are needed to enrol on this course?

Students will need to have a good level of spoken English to complete the speaking elements of the examination. It is also recommended that students are confident using a laptop or computer as external exam centres may host on-screen examinations only. 

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen*
  • Student study planner*
  • Three colour highlighter*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the functional skills examinations in order to fully complete this course. We will book these exams for you and they will be sat  in Birmingham, Manchester or London.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything is included in the price! 

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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