Functional Skills English

These courses are delivered using blended learning and daily learning sessions are from 09:30 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 16:30.   Students are free to choose which sessions and which days they attend, but should endeavour to attend three sessions a week in general.  One to one tutoring sessions are booked when these are required to look at a topic in more depth on an individual basis.  All work is marked on a daily basis with feedback being ready for your next appointment, along with further work and guidance as necessary.

The English Functional Skills qualification takes place in three parts and has three separate exams to pass.  These are reading, writing and speaking and listening.  The learning takes place online and you will cover the following modules: reading everyday texts, reading persuasive and instructive text, reading strategies, sentence and grammar work and vocabulary and word work.   Speaking and listening has some elements of online learning, but is mainly workshop based and you would need to attend at specific times for these.

At the end of each module of online learning you will complete a mini-test at the, followed by a questions sheet and assignments which are written in a similar way to the examinations.  Extra work or one to one sessions will be given as you move through the learning and you will only progress to the next subject when you are confident to do so.

Once you are ready for a topic examination, we will put you on mock exams to get you used to the types of questions and layout.  There is an online mock exam to allow familiarisation with the software and the final exam will be taken on a computer.  Your results can take up to 4 weeks to arrive at busy times of the year, but you will be able to move on to the next subject in the curriculum whilst waiting for these.