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Functional Skills English

About the Course

Functional Skills qualifications are designed to support you as you seek to improve your literacy skills and provide you with the fundamental knowledge required for everyday life. Achieving an English qualification will increase your confidence and motivation and the skills gained will aid you in the workplace or any further learning.

Daytime classes: 

Level 1 & Level 2 Mondays or Wednesdays 9.30am-12.30pm

Entry Level 2 & 3 Mondays or Wednesdays 9.30am-12.30pm 

Evening classes 

Level 1 & Level 2 Tuesdays 5.30pm-8.30pm

Entry Requirements

No experience is required, however, this course is aimed at those who have a good foundation of existing English skills and are wishing to develop them further.

How much does it cost?

FREE (subject to eligibility criteria)

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Why Study?

Functional Skills English qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. It involves

studying contextualised and relevant scenarios to help develop and apply your English skills in everyday situations. You will study a range of topics which include: 

  • Speaking, listening and communication
  • Reading
  • Writing

You will develop and refine practical English skills used within everyday life, building the confidence and skills required to tackle unfamiliar challenges. You will gain English skills that are transferable to everyday contexts and the world of work.

This qualification is suitable for anyone who wishes to improve on their existing skills or progress their career.

You will attend weekly classes where you will complete activities and exercises to support your learning

No experience is required, however, this course is aimed at those who have a good foundation of existing English skills and are wishing to develop them further.

The course is fully funded subject to eligibility criteria.

Where will this course take me?

From Level 1 to Level 2 and GCSE

From Level 2 to GCSE

How will I be assessed?

You will need to complete an initial assessment diagnostic to identify the appropriate level for you. This is an online multiple-choice assessment that takes around 1 hour per subject. Upon completing your diagnostic, a tutor will review your results and discuss the appropriate course for you to enrol on.

During the course on-going feedback will be provided within the classroom lessons both from your tutor and peers. Speaking, listening and communication is assessed through presentations and/or discussions that are internally set and marked. Reading and writing are assessed through an exam.

Will I have to provide anything?

All course materials are provided, however, it is advised that you bring a mobile device to class.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

In the first instance please email:

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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How can we help employers?

We can offer advice and information to businesses to identify needs and find potential training solutions. We cater for all levels, from beginners to advanced, for individual learners as well as employers seeking staff development opportunities.

Where are the courses delivered?

We have permanent training centres in Harlow, London Stansted Airport and across Essex. We also deliver in-house training courses across London and the South East of England.

What courses do we offer?

01279 868100

For more information or to book any of these courses please contact an Admissions Adviser.