Functional Skills English

Year: 2020/21
Exam Board: City & Guilds

You must be 19+ years of age by 31 August 2020. You have to have been a resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years or be a family member of an EEA national.

If you are interested in a course please fill in the form at the bottom of this page or call us on 01724 297146. If you are a customer of the jobcentre please ask your work coach for a direct referral.

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Content & Overview
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.

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

Monday9.30am – 11.30amVariesAshby Community HubFully funded
Monday5.30pm – 7.30pmVaries Ashby Community HubFully funded
Tuesday9.30am – 11.30amVaries Ashby Community HubFully funded
Tuesday12.30pm – 2.30pmVaries Ashby Community HubFully funded
Tuesday5pm – 7.30pmVariesAshby Community HubFully funded
Wednesday9.30am – 11.30amVaries Ashby Community HubFully funded
Wednesday6pm – 8pmVariesAshby Community HubFully funded

Application Method 
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.
Delivery Method 
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.
Further Study 
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.
Additional Information 
You will need to bring a notebook, an A4 lever arch file and a pen with you.

Find out more - Functional Skills English

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