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Functional Skills English - Digital (17th January Start)


Type: Part Time

Subject: English and Maths

Level: E1

Start Date: 17 January 2022

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

What is covered

The course covers basic writing skills at entry level through to producing documents in the work place at the higher levels. There is a strong focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar. For reading, the skills of finding information in texts, making comparisons between texts, and recognising techniques used by authors of texts are covered, including language and organisational features. For speaking and listening, learners will demonstrate being able to deliver information to their peers, listen and ask questions as well as contribute to group discussions. All learning is online using Google classroom and Google sites.

Course–Start Date –End Date–Exam Week Start–Exam Week End–Apply by

Autumn–6th Sep–15th Oct–18th Oct–22nd Oct–16th Aug
Winter–1st Nov–10th Dec–13th Dec–17th Dec–4th Oct
Spring–17th Jan–25th Feb–28th Feb–4th March–27th Dec
Summer–25th April–17thJune–20th June–25th June–21st March
Mop Up–7th March–1st April

Interview Skills Assessment

Learners will be given an initial assessment so a suitable starting level can be chosen. Learners who have previously achieved Functional Skills will be asked to provide evidence of their past achievements.

Course Length

Six weeks


Entry levels / Level 1 / Level 2

Who is it for

For learners wanting to achieve a Functional Skills qualification in English to assist with education and career progression.

What will I need

A basic level of English is required to complete the course. This course does not teach the language to non–speakers. Access to a computer and the internet are essential.

How is the course assessed

Three exams – (reading, writing and speaking and listening) Exams will require attendance at the college. Ongoing assessment takes place throughout the course.

What can this course lead to

Learners can progress through the levels from their starting level. L2 is now considered to be an equivalent to GCSE English Language at grade 4. Once achieved, this course can be used to provide evidence of proficient English skills to employers and universities, or can lead to a GCSE qualification for those wanting or needing to progress with this qualification.

Are there any additional costs

The course is free for anyone without a GCSE A* – C OR 9 – 4.

Other details

•  Entry into a paper based exam is dependent on performance in the first two weeks, if successful an exam will be booked with your consent.

• Minimum attendance/work completion for the course is 85%

• See–onlinecore/home to complete a screening assessment

If you are interested in joining this course please call the College on 0345 872 8722.
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