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Level: 0

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 0

Weeks: 35

Hours: 2.50

Start: 16/09/2019

Days / Times: Thursday 10:00 to 13:00 OR Thursday 18:00 to 20:45

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

What is Functional English?

Functional English is an approach to teaching that helps people to gain the most out of life, learning and work.

Why should I take this course?

  • Learn at your own pace in a friendly and relaxed environment
  • Gain the confidence to learn and work effectively and  independently
  • Improve your reading and writing skills
  • Build your future employability skills

This course is also available at our Joseph Wright and Ilkeston campuses.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to access this course.

All applicants will be invited to an interview and assessment session. The assessment will give us an indication of your current level and learning needs. On completion, we will either offer you a place on the course or discuss your options.

Should this not be the most appropriate level for you, we offer a variety of English courses including Entry Level short awards, Functional Skills and GCSEs.

Course Content

Gaining this qualification will improve your competence in:

  • Writing documents on complex subjects (by hand and electronically)
  • Communicating (both individually and within a group)
  • Understanding and following written instructions
  • Accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation so that meaning is clear
  • Formal letter writing
  • Writing an email
  • Reading and summarising information succinctly from different sources
  • Creating effective presentations in different contexts

All of these skills will really help when it comes to applying for a job or studying at university.

How will I be assessed?

At the start of the course, you will be assessed to find out what you need to learn. You will then agree an individual learning plan appropriate to your situation and needs. You will be assessed informally throughout the course to check on your progress. 

Qualifications are obtained by completing:

  • A reading and writing assessment
  • A speaking and listening assessment
  • An individual presentation (Level 2 only)

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

Gaining Functional English will help you in any future course of study that you may be considering. For individuals wishing to move into Higher Education, Level 2 is accepted for entry to a range of courses (check with the course providers for information on specific courses).

Employers consider Functional Skills to be essential in the workplace so achievement of a Level 1/2 qualification will give you an advantage in the job market.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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