English Functional Skills Level 1 & 2

Functional Skills English courses aim to build on your current skills and to focus on the skills needed to help you succeed in everyday work and social situations.

They look at communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and are available at two levels (Level 1 & 2). The awarding body for the course is City & Guilds (C&G).

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
      City & Guilds
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      FREE if you do not currently hold grade A*-C/9-4 or an equivalent qualification
    • Attendance Pattern
      Daytime or Evening
    • Course Level
      Level 1 & 2
    • Study Mode
      Part Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus (day time)
      Leyland Campus (evening)
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      17 weeks
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  • Overview

    Functional Skills English courses cover different reading and spelling strategies, planning and writing instructions, letters and different types of text. The course will also develop confidence in speaking and listening skills. Task based activities will allow you to practise these in everyday scenarios.

    Your progress will be regularly reviewed with your tutor.

    You will work individually, in pairs, small groups or as a whole group in order to consolidate the skills and knowledge taught. You will need to do approximately 3 hours of directed study per week in your own time.

  • Equipment Required

    Please bring a pen, A4 lined paper and an A4 ring binder to the first session.

  • Entry Requirements

    Before you enrol you will complete a short skills check to make sure you are matched onto the right level of course. This will also help you identify which skills you need to improve, to have clear goals, and to be able to work independently with the resources provided.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Courses are externally assessed by:

    • a 1 hour reading task paper
    • a 1 hour writing task paper
    • two short speaking and listening tasks in class.
  • Progression Pathway

    On successful completion of the course you will receive a C&G Functional Skills qualification in English at either Level 1 or Level 2. You may then progress to the next level Functional Skills English course; to a GCSE in English; or to other further education courses.

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

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