Pathways through the English resources

The resources in this area, and the pathways through them, are designed to help you to:

  • identify areas of your English knowledge that need updating
  • improve your confidence, skills and understanding of English
  • gain an ETF certificate that demonstrates your knowledge of this subject
  • progress to externally validated qualifications in Functional Skills
    ...and develop skills and strategies to support learners better.

You may choose either of the suggested pathways or use your own pathway through the resources that are shown below.

Pathway 1: GCSE

  1. Self-Evaluation
  2. English modules
  3. GCSE summative test

Pathway 2: Functional Skills

  1. Self-Evaluation
  2. English modules
  3. Functional Skills summative test
  4. Functional Skills accreditation

Self evaluation

English modules

These modules are designed to help you to improve your knowledge and understanding of English and the teaching of English. They are free-standing and cover a range of topics aligned to the Functional Skills Level 2, and GCSE English curricula. You can access as many or as few as you wish. Use the Search facility and the outcome from your self-evaluation to help you to locate resources that are relevant.

Summative tests

You can take the summative tests as many times as you like but will only be issued a certificate on the first attempt. The second test will not be revealed unless you score 60% or more on the first test.

If you are applying for QTLS and you already have a Level 2 qualification that is more than 5 years old, you can use the certificate you gain here as evidence for your QTLS workbook. To find out more about QTLS click here.

Functional Skills accreditation

If you want to take an accredited Functional Skills test, we have linked to a number of organisations that are able to accommodate external candidates. Depending on the test centre you choose, you will be directed to the relevant practice tests. A list of centres where you can take an on-demand test can be found here.