English Functional Skills E3 – L2 (Dudley Wood or Brierley Hill)

Course code

COMFSENGDW – Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre 

COMFSENGBR – Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Why study this course?

Many adults looking to progress, academically or professionally, are now required to have a Level 2 qualification in English and Functional Skills are widely recognised by employers and institutions as a suitable alternative to the GCSE. In fact, employers were involved in the design of the reformed Functional Skills in order to address gaps in skills and knowledge needed for the workplace.

We offer classes to suit learners at entry, level 1 and level 2 to achieve an English qualification that is appropriate for them.

We provide a course that is flexible and suits the demands of adult learners seeking to improve their English skills: for their own personal development, for employment reasons or to progress into further/higher education.

Learners who join in January will have two exam opportunities in the remainder of the academic year.

Please note, this course is delivered at Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre or Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Centre. Select venue at application. 

Course content

In English you will be externally assessed in the form of a written exam that comprises of a reading and writing paper. In addition to this you will also complete two speaking and listening tasks that are internally assessed.

A Level 2 qualification in English will provide opportunity to study most level 3 programmes.

Functional Skills qualifications are recognised by most employers as a relevant English qualification.

Entry requirements

All learners will carry out an initial assessment that will determine the level they start at. Learners will ideally achieve a minimum of Entry Level 2.


To be advised at enrolment

Day, time and duration

Brierley Hill Learning Centre – Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am

Dudley Wood Learning Centre – Fridays 9.30am-11.30am

Start date

Week commencing 16th January 2023


Functional Skills and GCSE English and Maths are free of charge for anyone who has not achieved a C/4 or above in those subjects.

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