English Courses

Our Functional Skills qualifications are intended for anyone wishing to develop their English skills, and are ideal for learners wishing to develop practical, transferable skills in English in order to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.

Our Functional Skills English qualifications focus on preparing learners to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English, and to apply this knowledge and these skills in familiar situations. They provide a foundation for progression into employment or further education.

We offer these qualifications from entry level 2 to Level 2.  You can work through the online learning at your own pace, with tutors on hand to support you every step of the way.  You will have access to high-quality, individualised learning materials, online resources and face to face workshops throughout your course.

At a glance:

Our qualifications are available from Entry level 2 to Level 2

  • Entry Level 2

  • Entry Level 3

  • Level 1

  • Level 2 (GCSE equivalent grade 9-4 / A-C)

  • Each level lasts approximately 55 guided learning hours.

  • We offer funded and co-funded courses (funding is subject to meeting the eligibility criteria)

Entry level exams are paper-based and you will sit these in the centre.  Level 1 and 2 are online exams which you will sit in the centre. 

The English qualifications have 3 separate exams: reading, writing and a speaking, listening and communication exam which you carry out with your tutor in the centre.


Learners must complete all 3 mandatory units at each level for a full level qualification.


This unit develops learners’ general reading skills to obtain information from texts in everyday life and work contexts and develop confidence to read more widely.

This unit develops learners’ personal and professional writing skills to convey information appropriately using spelling, punctuation and grammar effectively.

Speaking, listening and communication
This unit develops learners’ general speaking, listening and communication skills to listen, understand and respond to communication in a range of contexts clearly and confidently. 

Progression Routes

Learners who complete our Functional Skills qualifications can progress onto higher level Functional Skills courses, or study a variety of other courses within CTP or with external providers. Contact CTP for information on progression routes.

Common progression routes include:

  • Apprenticeships

  • Traineeships

  • T-Levels

  • Further and Higher Education

  • Into employment

Entry Criteria

Age: 19 +
Entry profile:

  • No prior qualifications required

  • Must not hold an equivalent qualification at the same or higher level

  • Funded and co-funded qualifications are subject to meeting eligibility criteria

  • Must not be enrolled on the same, or equivalent, programme elsewhere

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