Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

14-16, 16-18, 19+, Skills for life

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For those who struggle with reading and writing, then this course is for you. It can open up many opportunities for you in education, training and work.

Our Functional Skills English course is a much more practical approach to learning English and is popular with employers. If you did not get a C or above in GCSE English, you will have to retake this subject alongside your studies, or be working towards this through Functional Skills English.

We aim to enable all learners to improve and build confidence in their skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening at home, in the workplace and for study.

Course objectives

Our broad aim is to enable learners to improve and build confidence in their skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening at home, in the workplace and for study:

  • Develop an understanding of the principles of the English language
  • Build your confidence in reading, writing and speaking
  • Learn the technical skills required to construct sentences for both verbal and written purposes

Course details

Course duration

Full-time: Taught as part of study programme

Part-time: 1 year

Evening classes are available

Delivered on:

2.5 hours per week


Functional Skills English

Entry requirements

No qualification requirement. All learners assessed using initial assessments to help identify the appropriate level of learning.

Learners who wish to improve their literacy and language skills.

Teaching team

Jacqui Stewart (Course Leader)
Catherine Forster


You will study three sections of English:

Explore and learn different types of text.

Learn how to create different types of text for speeches, emails, report, articles and letters.

Speaking and Listening
Enhance your discussion, presentation and debating skills.

Assessment and exam information

You will be continually assessed throughout the course.  You will sit two timed exam papers (Paper 1 Reading; Paper 2 Writing) and complete a controlled speaking and listening assessment throughout the year.  The exam board is City and Guilds.

Career and progression

Work experience

This course does not offer work experience.

Enrichment opportunities

This course does not offer enrichment activities.

Learner progression

Further levels of Functional English or GCSE English.

Your career

Gaining a qualification at an appropriate level will also allow learners to enhance their CVs and improve their employability.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

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