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.

Sentences

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Word Classes

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Tenses

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Punctuation

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Spelling

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Vocabulary

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Phonics

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Marking learners work

Module: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Module: Introduction to Reading Critically

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Module: Evaluating Writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Reading critically

Module: Introduction to Reading Critically

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Points of view

Module: Introduction to Reading Critically

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Bias

Module: Introduction to Reading Critically

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Summarising text

Module: Introduction to Reading Critically

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Reflecting on text

Module: Introduction to Reading Critically

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Evaluating writing

Module: Evaluating Writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Comparing pieces of writing

Module: Evaluating Writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Analysing text

Module: Evaluating Writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Module: Crafting your own writing

Level: GCSE

Comparing same subject

Module: Evaluating Writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Writing analysis criteria

Module: Evaluating Writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Using language creatively

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Using language persuasively

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Using language descriptively

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Narrating

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Describing

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Descriptive writing

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Consistency and coherence

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Proofreading

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Editing

Module: Writing effectively and clearly

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Stages of writing

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Purpose of writing

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Audience

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Topic

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Planning methods

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Text structure

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Cohesion and coherence

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Rhetorical and emotive language

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Key features of writing

Module: Writing for impact

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Spoken and written language differences

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Speeches

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Presentations

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Linguistic features

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Standard English

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Accent

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Module: Listening and understanding

Level: GCSE

Dialect

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Module: Listening and understanding

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Attitudes to accent

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Non-verbal communication

Module: Speaking

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Paralinguistics

Module: Listening and understanding

Level: GCSE

Planning writing

Module: Planning and developing writing

Level: GCSE

Writing processes

Module: Planning and developing writing

Level: GCSE

Developing writing

Module: Planning and developing writing

Level: Functional Skills

Cohesion

Module: Planning and developing writing

Level: GCSE

Accuracy (SPaG)

Module: Planning and developing writing

Level: GCSE

Evidence

Module: Planning and developing writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Unpacking 'reading'; what does it involve?

Module: Reading with appreciation and understanding

Level: Functional Skills

Reading strategies

Module: Reading with appreciation and understanding

Level: GCSE

Reading non-fiction

Module: Reading with appreciation and understanding

Level: GCSE

Reading online

Module: Reading with appreciation and understanding

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Meta-language

Module: Reading with appreciation and understanding

Level: GCSE

Reading fiction

Module: Reading with appreciation and understanding

Level: GCSE

Reading with appreciation

Module: Reading with appreciation and understanding

Level: GCSE

Identifying types of writing tasks you undertake in your role

Module: Crafting your own writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

How you can improve text you create

Module: Crafting your own writing

Level: GCSE

Skills involved in writing non-fiction

Module: Crafting your own writing

Level: GCSE

How to use connectives

Module: Crafting your own writing

Level: GCSE

Identifying different text types

Module: Crafting your own writing

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Critical communication awareness

Module: Critical communication awareness

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

How language reflects the context

Module: Critical communication awareness

Level: GCSE

The interplay of multimodal features

Module: Critical communication awareness

Level: GCSE

Historical varieties of English.

Module: Critical communication awareness

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

Digital literacies

Module: Critical communication awareness

Level: GCSE

Language and power

Module: Critical communication awareness

Level: Functional Skills / GCSE

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.