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About the course

The Adult Maths and English department offers a range of high-quality teaching options to suit all expectations and lifestyles:



Daytime, Evening and Weekend Classes

Please note that learners will be required to attend an induction session taking place 1 week before the start date of the class on the same day and time of the class.


We offer classes to suit those who prefer to study in-class on a weekly basis.  These classes run for 12 weeks (term-time only) and each class is 3 hours in duration (with the examinations taking place at the end of the course).


Fully Online Classes


The fully online course is designed for students wishing to achieve a functional skills qualification without the requirement of attending a face to face class. These courses run for 12 weeks and can be studied from the comfort of your own home, however will require you to have access to, and the ability to use a digital device such as a computer, laptop. or tablet with access to the Microsoft Teams application via the internet (the examinations will take place at your nearest West Suffolk College Community and Business Centre).


Click here to head to the fully online course option and to find out more and apply.




West Suffolk College in Sudbury will be offering a 1-week intensive Functional Skills English Summer School for adult learners.  All learning will take place on Monday 24 July - Friday 28 July with the exam taking place on Friday 28 July 2023.

Entry requirements

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.  


If you are applying for an online class, you must already have a Level 1 or your initial assessment should indicate that you are L1 or above. You must also have a laptop or desktop with a camera and microphone to be able to join the online class.


Functional Skills English (Edexcel) Entry Level, 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!  Every learner receives tailored support and guidance throughout their studies, from induction to exam results, and even next steps.


You can take different levels of qualification from entry level to Level 1 or Level 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.

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)

If studying in-class, lessons are planned to take place at West Suffolk College in Sudbury.  


Click here to visit the West Suffolk College in Sudbury webpage.


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.


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?



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 important 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 the course level and your method of delivery be it online or classroom based. 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

Starting 18/04/2023
Tuesday 09:15 - 12:15

Starting 18/04/2023
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Starting 18/04/2023
Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00
Starting 17/07/2023
Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

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