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Functional Skills English

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Course Description

This course is aimed at adults aged 19+ on or before the 31st of August.

16-18 year olds will be offered relevant English and maths qualifications alongside their full-time study programme and do not need to apply separately.

This course is free if you do not currently hold GCSE English at Grade A*-C (or 9-4 on the grading system). The course cost for those students who may wish to aim for a higher grade is £362. Please email for further fee information.

Functional Skills English courses are ideal for adults wishing to refresh their skills. These qualifications will help you progress on to GCSE, other further educational programmes or may help you gain employment.

Entry Requirements

Before you enrol, we will make sure you are directed to the right level of course for you through an English assessment/interview. You should be able to state which skills you wish to improve, have clear goals you wish to achieve and be able to work independently.


Functional Skills English courses aim to build on your current skills and to focus on the skills needed to help you succeed in everyday work and social situations.

We offer Functional Skills English qualifications at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. You will study a range of topics to develop your knowledge and skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening.

This is not an ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) assessment.

Work Experience

Not required.


On successful completion of the course you will receive a Functional Skills qualification in English at either Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2. You may then progress to the next level of English, to a GCSE course, or to other further education courses.

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