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The English Functional Skills course is designed to help build your skills and confidence in English so that you can progress either to the next level of English Functional Skills or the GCSE English Language course, depending what Level of Functional Skills you start on.

The classes are small so there is lots of individualised help available; the emphasis is on support with your literacy.

Reading and writing tests are taken on computers and you can take them when you are ready and as often as you need to succeed.

Speaking and listening is also part of the assessment and this will be assessed by your teacher during the course.  Here, as well, you will have several opportunities to succeed.


Edexcel Levels 1 and 2, Edexcel Entry 1, 2 and 3.

Entry Requirements

If you get a grade E or below at GCSE, or have no formal English qualification, you will be assessed during the enrolment process to check which Level of Functional Skills will suit your needs best. 

The focus is on making sure you develop strong literacy skills so that if you succeed at Level 1, you can progress to Level 2 the following year.

If you start on Level 2, and succeed at this level, the following year you will progress to the more demanding exam-only GCSE English Language (9-1).


You will be doing lots of reading, writing and speaking practice to build your skills and confidence in the key skills needed for successful communication.

Because the class will be small, you will receive lots of individual support from your teachers and classroom assistants who aim to be responsive to your needs.  This will enable you to progress at your own pace and take tests when you are ready and as often as you need to be successful.


When you are successful on this course, you will be well prepared to embark, the following academic year, either to the next level of English Functional Skills or to GCSE English Language.

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