About the course
This course is for you if you want to improve your English reading and writing skills, either for work or further study. We offer courses at all levels in a friendly, supportive environment so that you can develop the skills you need. All evening courses are once a week. Most daytime courses are also once a week but in some cases the course runs over two afternoons to fit in with school finishing times.
What you will study
English Speaking and Listening skills for work and further study
Reading for gist and specific information, understanding the writers’ intentions and distinguishing between fact and opinion
Writing accurately and fluently for different audiences
Functional skills English is assessed by examination. You will have a speaking and listening assessment, a reading exam and a writing exam. Students are entered when they are ready for assessment and there are numerous opportunities throughout the year.
You will sit a short initial assessment of your reading and writing skills so that we can place you at the appropriate level
Please bring any previous English certificates with you so that we can take your prior learning into account.
Cost and loans
English courses are free to adults who have not yet achieved a GCSE English at grade 4/C or above.
- You can progress to the next level of functional skills English or to GCSE English.
- Additional learning support is available – please tell us about any specific learning difficulties you have.