Free course, excluding materials

If you struggle with reading and writing, then this course is for you. It can open up a lot of choices to you in education, training and work.

Age groups

14+. 16-18, 19+, Educational needs

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Do you want to improve your English Skills and found GCSE hard? Then Functional Skills may be the route for you. It 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.

What are the Course Aims?

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.

Course content

You will study three sections of English:
• Reading – involving different types of text;
• Writing – letters, emails, reports and articles;
• Speaking and Listening – including discussions and presentations.


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 for Entry Level qualifications will be City and Guilds. The exam board for Levels 1 and 2 will be Edexcel.


Entry requirements:

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

What next?

Further levels of Functional English or GCSE English.
Gaining a qualification at an appropriate level will also allow learners to enhance their CVs and improve their employability.

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Mary Howard

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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