Functional Skills English – Distance Learning

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Overview

These English courses provide you with all the skills required to handle your communication and deal with formal correspondence concisely and clearly using English to read and write appropriately.

Learn to write reports, formal letters, and articles with confidence, improve your understanding of the correct use of punctuation and grammar and learn to write with ease. These skills will help you in all areas of your life and you will feel confident and capable to progress in your job or onto further or higher education.

Distance Learning means that you will only have to come to the college to undertake your exams when you are ready. This approach means that you can do your learning at times to suit you from any location with an internet and a computer. You cannot do the learning on a phone, tablet or i-pad.

These courses also have rolling start and end dates between August and May, which means you can start as soon as your initial assessment and diagnostics have been completed and funding approved.

Am I right for the course?

You will undertake an initial assessment and diagnostics to check your suitability for the course and this will determine your starting level for the topic, which follow the rules for funded learning.

You will need to have been 19 years of age prior to the start of the current academic year.

You will also require a computer with basic IT skills, access to the internet and a printer. A scanner is desirable but not necessary as modern phones can be used as scanner with a supported app.

Monthly exam dates are available and will be provided on completion of the course.

These courses are assessed by 3 exams the contents of which vary between the levels of study.

Speaking and Listening: which you will be invited to attend a workshop for preparation followed by the online exam during your course. Duration approximately 1 hour. .

Reading: an online exam taking You will read three documents and then answer questions on them.

Writing: an online exam taking. This takes the form of 2 written tasks.

You will be supported by an experienced specialist teacher allocated when your course starts, who is experienced in teaching the Functional Skills specification and continues to attend training sessions that allow them to keep up to date with current changes and modes of assessment within examination boards.

Your one-to-one tutorials take place on Zoom or Teams.

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Fees

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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