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Functional Skills English at Level 1 or level 2 is a very common entry requirement for many jobs. These courses are designed to support adults to build up their English skills ready to use them in everyday life and in the world of work. These courses are free of charge to all UK nationals who need them and run in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. There are 5 different levels within this suite of qualifications meaning that whatever your starting point, we have the course to help you.

  • What will I study?

    You will study topics such as:

    • Letter writing so that your letters and emails can be clearly understood. These will help with job applications or writing letters to school or the council.
    • Discussion skills so that you can put your point of view across in a clear and confident way.
    • Reading strategies so that you can scan documents for the most important information and analyse techniques that are used to create bias
    • Punctuation and grammar so that you can write with authority confident in error-free text.
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal for you if you wish to improve your English skills and have completed the starter & taster course.

    We know that many adults within Northamptonshire struggle to access crucial services or help teenage children with the finer points of punctuation and grammar; these courses, taught by our specialist adult teachers, will help you to do just that.

    You may need to up-skill your qualifications to prepare for university; whatever your reason, we are confident that you will find that returning to the classroom as an adult a very different experience than it was when you were younger. Our courses teach you English skills within exciting topics that seek to broaden your cultural perspectives and understanding of the modern world. We also embrace technology, both inside the classroom and outside, so that your learning helps you to progress onto your next venture.

  • How is the course assessed?

    This course is assessed through in-class assessments and some exams .

    Entry Functional skills courses have in-class assessments. Level 1 and 2 have external assessments that are sat on-site.

  • General info

    You will need to organise and manage an effective storage system for your class notes which will help you to revise. You will need lined paper, stationery and a folder for your work. Your course will involve the use of a tablet or computer and if you have one, you will be encouraged to bring it to class for your study. These will also be available for you to borrow on site.

    Attendance to weekly lessons is the number one factor for achievement and as such college expectations are that your attendance to lessons will be 100%. It is also expected that you will be punctual to all of your lessons.

    We also know that many adults returning to education worry that they find learning difficult and are concerned that they may have a learning disability such as dyslexia or dyscalculia: our teachers are very supportive and will look carefully at your work and learning traits to support your progress. Where needed, we have an outstanding learning support team that can help provide interventions to make sure that you are not disadvantaged in your work; we will help you to better understand how you learn as an individual learning and demonstrate strategies to help you improve.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    You must complete an initial Tutor-based assessment or provide evidence of previous achievement in English. Call our Enrolment team on 0300 123 2344 to book an appointment.