AQA Functional Skills English Level 2 Past Papers

AQA Functional Skills English Level 2 exams are split into two papers: a reading paper and a writing paper. The reading paper assesses your ability to obtain information from sources, which are provided in an insert. Questions in this paper take many forms – some are multiple choice, some require you to write a word or a few words as an answer, and there are also some extended writing tasks. Questions will ask you to state information from the sources, infer information from the sources, and to summarise or compare sources, as well as a variety of other questions pertaining to your ability to understand the sources on the insert. The writing paper contains two questions – both of which require a long-form written response. Bonus marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar are available in the writing exam.

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AQA Functional Skills English Level 2 Past Papers: At a Glance

Exam Marks Time
Paper 1 Paper 1 Reading 30 Marks 1 Hour
Paper 2 Paper 2 Writing 30 Marks 1 Hour
Total Total - 60 Marks 2 Hours

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What topic areas are covered in the exam?

In the writing paper it is important that you manage your time correctly. The second question is twice the length of the first, so students are encouraged to spend 20 minutes on the first question and 40 minutes on the second question.

The specification for AQA Functional Skills English Level 2 is split into three sections:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Spelling, punctuation and grammar

There are 30 marks available for reading, 18 marks available for writing and 12 marks available for spelling, punctuation and grammar, so out of these skills reading makes up the bulk of the marks.

As well as the reading and writing papers on this website, students completing AQA Functional Skills English Level 2 will also take part in a speaking, listening and communication assessment.

AQA Functional Skills English Level 2: Key Details

Qualification Title AQA Level 2 Functional Skills in English
Qualification Number Qualification Number 603/4285/7
Approved age ranges Approved age ranges Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Total Qualification Time (TQT) Total Qualification Time (TQT) 55 hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Guided Learning Hours (GLH) 55 hours
Assessment type Assessment type Externally set, on-demand assessment.
Grading Grading The qualification is graded Pass/Fail.
Entry requirements Entry requirements No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required.