Skills for Life Functional Skills English
Having a good level of English is essential to help you in your daily life and reach your career goals. Functional Skills are nationally recognised qualifications and can be a stepping stone to GCSEs.
Course Content - What will I learn?
Functional Skills in English can be studied at a level appropriate for you from Entry 3 to Level . During the course, you will work on your Reading, Writing and Communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment. At higher levels, you will brush up on grammar, punctuation, spelling, reading and writing for different purposes and audiences. The course will also cover speaking and listening skills.
Am I right for the course?
If you cannot provide a recent certificate of achievement in functional skills, you will be given an online initial and diagnostic assessment. You will need to be working at Entry 3, or Level 1. You will also be given an interview to assess your suitability.
If you are assessed at L1 or L2, you may be suitable for GCSE study if the course has not already started.
Apart from the entry qualifications, you will need to be able to attend your classes regularly and do regular homework. You will need to be motivated and enthusiastic about your learning. It is important for you to consider your work and family responsibilities before starting the course, especially if you are thinking about doing both Maths and English.
All students work towards the Certificate in Functional Skills in English.
All Speaking and Listening is assessed internally by your tutor. It is then quality checked internally and finally checked by a moderator from the awarding body.
Entry 3 assignments in Reading and Writing are paperbased and assessed by your tutor in a more informal setting.
Level 1 Reading and Writing assignments can be paperbased or online and are assessed externally by the exam board.
The tutor will assess you regularly throughout the year using college online resources and past papers.
On completion of Entry 3 and Level 1, you will be given a diagnostic test to assess your suitability to progress to the next level.
Level 1 and Level 2 students should consider progression to GCSE and will need to make an online application to do so.
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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