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English functional skills

Why functional skills?

English and communication is an essential part of everyday life.

From speaking and listening to reading and writing, your skills form the foundation of your life skills.

The majority of employers look for at least GCSE grade 4/C equivalent in each subject, so your functional skills could be the difference between you getting the job or promotion you want or not.

People with good functional skills qualifications earn approximately £2,000 more than those who don’t.

It helps you communicate with and understand the world around you

It’s impossible to go a day without using English skills.

A good level of understanding means that you can have more control over things like your finances, communication, and you can gain a better understanding of issues such as politics and current affairs.

For ESOL learners being able to speak English is not just about being able to communicate with native English speakers. It is the most common second language in the world.

Learning English is important as it enables you to communicate easily with your fellow global citizens.

And also puts you in good stead for employment within the UK.

But you may be asking…

‘I have functional skills equivalent qualifications from my home country, why can’t I use these?’

 Due to government regulations on learner funding criteria is strict, there are some exceptions, for info visit the government website.  

It’s good for your health

Studies show that higher levels of literacy are linked to better health and a longer lifespan.

These skills also have a positive impact on your mental health

What the experts say

 City & Guilds one of the leading institutes delivering Functional skills qualifications explain the importance of English and give some of their tutor tips to support learners.

Speaking & Listening






We hope you’ve gained more insight on how essential your functional skills are to living and working in the UK.

We want to help you get the best out of your chosen qualification.

To find out more about functional skills why not check out our article on the importance of Maths.