Functional Skills English

Year: 2019/20
Exam Board: City & Guilds

The course enables you to improve your English skills if you do not have a GCSE grade 4 (or A*-C grade). The units you may cover include:

  • developing reading skills
  • reading to understand and interpret texts
  • responding to creative texts
  • essential writing skills
  • constructing sentences
  • composing texts
  • listening and responding to others
  • participating in discussions

The length of the course is individually determined following an initial and diagnostic assessment of your skills and abilities at the beginning of the programme.

If you are interested in a course please fill in the form at the bottom of this page or call us on 01724 862217. Alternatively, just call in to see us at Ashby Link. If you are a customer of the jobcentre please ask your work coach for a direct referral.

Attendance: Classes run Monday – Thursday morning, afternoon, twilight and evening.
Part Time: One session per week. Rolling course with various start dates.

Monday9.30am – 12pmVariesCrosbyOne »Free
Monday4pm – 6.30pm VariesAshby LinkFree
Tuesday9.30am – 12pm VariesAshby LinkFree
Tuesday12.30pm – 3pm VariesAshby LinkFree
Tuesday5pm – 7.30pmVariesAshby LinkFree
Wednesday9.30am – 12pm VariesAshby LinkFree
Wednesday6pm – 8.30pmVariesAshby LinkFree

Application followed by an individual interview and initial assessment. You will need to bring with you all documentation including ID, National Insurance Number and any certificates you have previously gained.

You must be 19+ years by 31 August 2019. There are no formal entry requirements.
You are expected to attend and be punctual at all sessions.

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed including small group work delivery, listening and understanding activities, role plays and discussions, interpreting texts, writing activities and using online learning platforms.

You will be expected to work for 1-2 hours per week on activities at home, including using online platforms, as directed by your tutor.

The course is continuously assessed using a variety of assessments – question and answer activities, observation, reading and writing activities. You will be given constructive feedback and time to reflect on how to change and improve your work.
There will also be set dates throughout the year when you will be able to take City & Guilds assessments at Level 1 and Level 2 in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. At Entry Levels the exams are on demand. You can also participate in non-regulated courses, if you have a learning difficulty or the assessment route is not appropriate.

Guidance is given throughout the course regarding opportunities and careers. Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress onto the next level of English Functional Skills, move onto GCSE in English or Higher Education courses.

You will need to bring a notebook, an A4 lever arch file and a pen with you.

Qualification (Vocational) courses only.
If you are in receipt of the following benefits, you may be eligible for full fee remission:

  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG)
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £338.00 a month (single claim) or £541.00 (household claim)
  • Aged 19-23 yrs studying a first full Level 2 qualification

Fee remission is also available for eligible co-funded learners who are employed but on a low income (less than £16,009.50 annual gross salary)

Find out more - Functional Skills English

Simply contact our customer service team by using the form below or call us on 01724 862217

Alternatively, just call in to see us at Ashby Link.