Get ready for Functional English Skills Level 2 (Non-accredited)

Ref: C3742418

This course will help you to communicate clearly and confidently in a wide range of social and formal situations, taking into account the listener(s), purpose and situation. We will develop skills to predict the meaning of a text, using vocabulary, grammatical features, and indirect cues. We will summarise information from longer documents, and discuss why this is an important skill. You will write for a wide range of everyday and formal situations. You will build on your knowledge of spelling strategies, so you can apply this consistently and systematically to ensure accurate spelling.

Course aim

This course will help you to practise your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English. It will help you get ready to move onto a Level 2 accredited course in future (to take City & Guilds Functional English exams).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use strategies and prior knowledge to spell the majority of common and unfamiliar words accurately.
  • Select the appropriate level of detail required for a range of writing purposes, e.g. note making, summary of a document, formal letter.
  • Make requests and ask questions to obtain information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Take part in a range of formal and informal topical discussions: explain my personal views clearly, listen and respond appropriately, using information about the situation and the speaker.
  • Use grammatical knowledge and personal experience to identify the purpose and meaning of a range of pieces of writing.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Official document(s) showing the correct spelling of your name, address and date of birth. Certificates for any English qualifications you already have. Folder, Paper, pen/pencil, notebook to every lesson.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • It is useful if students are reading simple books for pleasure and information.

What can I do next?

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Get ready for Functional English Skills Level 2 (Non-accredited)


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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