Functional Skills English
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About this course

 Functional Skills English is available at Entry level, Level 1 and Level 2.

The courses start w/c 30 September and will run until 16 June 2020. Applications to join during the academic year will be considered up until March 2020.

Daytime classes are available on Fridays at Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury.

Evening classes: (6pm – 9.15pm) are available at Trowbridge on Mondays, at Salisbury on Tuesdays and Chippenham on Thursdays.

These courses are free of charge if you do not already hold a Level 2 equivalent or C/4 grade or above at GCSE

Home Study: This is an alternative option for students who are not able to attend college sessions.  You can study at home or at work with access to our distance learning online materials.

You will be assigned a course tutor who will support you on a one-to-one basis.  There will also be a requirement to attend exams at one of our designated campuses during your period of study.

What will I learn?

When you sign up to study English, we will help you develop your core skills and knowledge in reading, writing, speaking, listening and communication. 

Entry requirements

As part of the interview process, all applicants will complete an initial assessment.  Using the results from this and through discussion with you, we will be able to advise you about the course and qualification that is most suitable for you.  Your individual programme of study will be tailored to your needs through regular progress monitoring and discussion with your tutor.

Study, assessment and qualifications

The full Functional skills qualifications for English include:   Speaking, listening and communication assessments (marked by your tutor), and a Reading and a Writing exam, which are marked by the Awarding Body (Edexcel).

Taught classes:

You will be expected to attend the sessions regularly and be encouraged to develop your English communication skills through speaking and listening, reading and writing. 

There is a range of e-learning facilities to support your development and there will be an expectation for you to complete work outside the classroom (‘homework’).

Class assessments take place on a regular basis to develop your skills and fully prepare you for the formal assessments needed to gain a qualification.  All formal assessments take place during class time and are available throughout the period of study.

Home Study:

You will be expected to complete weekly assignments using the e-learning facilities and maintain regular contact with your tutor who will be monitoring your progress throughout the programme of study. 

There will also be a requirement to attend group tutorials, exam practice and exams sittings at one of our designated campuses during your period of study (minimum of 10 hours).  Dates for these will be agreed with you during your study.

Additional costs and information

For those students who do not have a Level 2 or a grade C/4 or above at GCSE, there are no teaching or exam costs associated with these courses.

Please be aware that courses will run subject to meeting a minimum requirement for student numbers.



What could I do next?

For those who achieve a Functional skills Level 2 English qualification, there are opportunities to progress to a GCSE English course in October 2020.  


Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.