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Level 1 Functional Skills – English For Adults

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Information about this Course

Study Type
Part Time

Course Area
English & Maths

1 year

Entry Requirements
There are no prior learning requirements. Students will be asked to complete an initial skills assessment.

Course Information
This is often a student’s first formal qualification in English, a functional skills course that provides practical skills for the modern world and enables learners to get more from life. This course will suit learners from a wide range of abilities and is a recognised qualification for employment, training, education and also currently forms part of the Apprenticeship framework. Learning will focus on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.

Assessment is by examination of reading and writing skills, plus presentation skills for speaking and listening.

No textbooks are required. A folder, pens and paper will be needed for each class.


A functional skills qualification will enable you to acquire good levels of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening that will apply to everyday life. Learners can use this qualification to progress on to Level 2 qualifications and GCSEs.

Entry into further training or employment will be much easier with a functional skills qualification. Levels 1 and 2 can be used to complete Apprenticeships.

Additional Information
Students aged 19 or over will be required to pay a refundable £50 deposit to enrol on this course, which will be returned upon successful completion.