About the course
The Adult Maths & English department offers a range of high-quality teaching options to suit all expectations and lifestyles.
Improving your English and maths skills can help you in so many ways, from finding employment to improving your earning potential. We can provide you with the tools to successfully communicate an idea or opinion or divide a restaurant bill amongst friends!
We have developed new online courses and blended delivery options with the safety and well-being of our students at the heart of everything we do. We will be able to advise you of our current offer (Covid-19 restrictions allowing) once you apply for one of our courses, starting in September 2021.
We are also running Summer Schools across our centres to offer learners the opportunity to take a functional skills qualification in five days, during June and July 2021.
You will be expected to attend each of the 5 days and take your exam on day 5 of the course. As well as attending the course each day there will also be work that you will be asked to do at home. It is an intensive course but if you are willing to work hard for 5 days will be worth the reward.
Summer School class times will be 9.30am-4.30pm each day with a break for lunch.
Please note we hope these classes will run in all our centres, but all our offers are subject to change - in order to comply with ongoing government guidance.
There are no formal requirements, but the results of initial assessments will be taken into account when deciding on the qualification and level for which you will be entered.
Functional Skills English (Edexcel). Entry Level 3, Levels 1 and 2
Our classes are small, friendly groups of like-minded people and our experienced tutors are keen to help you do as much as you feel possible. We are there to help you succeed!
You can take different levels of qualification from entry level, to Level 1, 2 and GCSE. We plan to offer classes that will run daytime or evenings at centres throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, therefore you can choose which course best suits your needs.
We will also be able to offer online courses that will ensure you can continue to study from the comfort of your own home.
All our qualifications are valued by employers and could be used to gain entry to other courses including degree.
What you'll learn (core modules)
This course will also provide you with English skills in preparation for progressing to GCSE, university and/or employment.
You will be part of a small, friendly classroom and will focus on building everyday practical skills such as letter writing, report writing, the use of formal and informal language and reading techniques. You will also take part in talks and discussions, working towards the reformed qualification in Functional Skills English.
The qualification comprises three assessments: reading, writing and speaking and listening.
How will I be assessed?
Examinations will be taken for reading and writing along with a speaking and listening assessment.
Speaking and listening can be assessed online or face to face. Reading and writing examinations will require attendance at your local West Suffolk College learning centre.
There will be the opportunity to sit mock exams, in preparation, and your tutor will provide written and verbal feedback.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
This class is planned to take place face to face in the classroom at West Suffolk College classrooms in Newmarket. We will take into account social distancing when planning class sizes. *
*We will return to classroom-based teaching across our centres in September â€“ Covid-19 restrictions allowing.
We will also plan to offer some of our courses online too. Online classes will be delivered using Microsoft TEAMS and alongside the same great standard of teaching, students will also have regular one-to-one sessions with the tutor to ensure everyone is given the support they need. Feedback from existing students is that they have enjoyed the experience and the exam pass rate has been excellent.
Further details and options will be provided once you submit an enquiry about our courses.
Where will this course take me?
Functional Skills qualifications for Levels 1 and 2 are progression routes towards the GCSE. When a qualification is successfully achieved you will have the option to progress onto a higher level functional skill or a GCSE.
How much will it cost?
If you have lived within the EU for the previous 3 years and do not already have a GCSE grade C or above in this subject then you qualify for full course funding.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
INDUCTION and ENROLMENT
Once you apply online, your centre team will send you all the information you need to enrol and get set up on your course (whether this is remotely or face to face).
You will undertake online Initial and Diagnostic Assessments to assess the most appropriate level of study. It is vital that you complete this assessment on your own and to the best of your ability.
Your centre team will contact you once this is completed and talk you through your results, the level that has been set and your prior achievement.
You will have the opportunity to agree on your course level and your method of delivery be it online or in the classroom. Your identification will be confirmed, and the enrolment process completed. However please be aware that it will be the tutor's discretion to change your level if they feel this is not right for you, once you begin your course.
Days & times
Please contact us for dates and further information