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About the course

This course is designed for students wishing to achieve a Functional skills qualification without the requirement of attending a face to face class. This intensive course runs for 12 weeks and can be studied from the comfort of your own home and will require the use of a digital device such as a computer, laptop. or tablet with access to Microsoft Teams.


You will be fully assessed by our professional tutors and advised which qualification would best suit your needs as there are a range of ways to study English Functional Skills.


If English is not your first language we will ask you to do an ESOL assessment prior to studying Functional Skills English as an ESOL class may be more suited initially to some learners prior to attending Functional Skills.


You will access a range of material via an online platform (MS Teams) and attend live tutored sessions delivered by your tutor to small groups. You will also be supported by regular online tutorials with your tutor, as well as having the opportunity to access drop-in sessions for additional support with our progress tutor.


All delivery will be online. The tutor will use a variety of teaching methods including explanation and discussion, as well as group and individual activities.


Homework will need to be uploaded to MS Teams for marking on a weekly basis. Support will be provided to enable you to do this, if needed.


In addition to the weekly online sessions, you will be expected to spend additional time on self-study tasks, consolidating your learning and preparing for future sessions. This will total approximately 4-5 hours of study a week.

Entry requirements

There are no formal requirements, but the results of initial assessments will be taken in to account when deciding on the qualification and level for which the candidate will be entered.


Functional Skills English (Edexcel) Levels 1 and 2.

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 virtual 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 will be assessed online. Reading and writing examinations will require attendance at a local 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)

All lessons take place online however when you are ready to take your exam it will be booked for you to take at the learning centre closest to you.

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?

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