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We offer a pathway of English courses that prepare you for ‘Functional Skills’ qualifications. Our tutors will assess your skills to make sure you are on the correct course and will support you on your journey as you improve your reading and writing skills.

Award in English Skills – Reading View details

This course will help you to improve and develop confidence in your reading before you progress on to a Functional Skills English qualification at a later date. The course will focus on reading for meaning, reading to gain information from texts as well as identifying the purpose of different texts. The course will also focus on recognising signs and symbols found in everyday situations and you will also practise using basic punctuation. Throughout the course, you will build-up a portfolio of work completed in the classroom and complete short assessment tasks.

Functional Skills Qualification in English Level 1 View details

This course will help you to communicate confidently in a wide range of everyday and formal situations. You will develop your planning skills to help you to write sequentially and coherently, and improve your reviewing skills so you can identify and correct a range of errors in a text. You will consider the use of sentence grammar and punctuation to ensure you communicate effectively and clearly. We will look at how we adapt our communication depending on who we are talking to. We will develop skills to predict the meaning of a text when we are reading, using vocabulary, grammatical features, and indirect cues.

Functional Skills Qualification in English Level 2 View details

This course will help you to communicate information, ideas, and opinions clearly and confidently in a wide range of social and formal situations, taking into account the audience, purpose and context. We will study a wide range of features of texts, of varying levels of complexity and length. You will practise writing for a wide range of everyday and formal situations, selecting the appropriate vocabulary, making decisions on style, format, and length to suit the purpose and audience.

Functional Skills Qualification in English Level 2 View details

This course will help you to communicate information, ideas, and opinions clearly and confidently in a wide range of social and formal situations, taking into account the audience, purpose and context. We will study a wide range of features of texts, of varying levels of complexity and length. You will practise writing for a wide range of everyday and formal situations, selecting the appropriate vocabulary, making decisions on style, format, and length to suit the purpose and audience.

Functional Skills Qualification in English Level 2 View details

This course will help you to communicate information, ideas, and opinions clearly and confidently in a wide range of social and formal situations, taking into account the audience, purpose and context. We will study a wide range of features of texts, of varying levels of complexity and length. You will practise writing for a wide range of everyday and formal situations, selecting the appropriate vocabulary, making decisions on style, format, and length to suit the purpose and audience.

Get Ready for Functional Skills Taster View details

An informative 2-hour session where you can identify what skills you already have and how you can improve on these. We will look at the application of maths and English in daily life as well as in the workplace and how improving these skills can help you find a job and help you identify the next steps on your journey.

Reading and Writing with Phonics View details

Phonics is key to your children's reading and writing techniques from an early age. It is important that parents get familiarised with this method in order to help their children at home since it is a great foundation for their reading and writing.Have you ever asked yourself What is the difference between teaching Phonics and teaching the Alphabet? or Between spelling and sounding out words? or How do your children learn to read at school and when? or How, when and which sounds and letters are your children introduced to at school? This course will answer all these questions and will help you better understand your children's reading journey at school from an early age at the same time as helping with yours if you are not confident enough.

Reading Skills View details

This course engages a students with the wonderful world of words and stories. We use stories, poems, videos, IT, song and pictures as a basis for encouraging students to improve their basic reading skills, with a view to gaining lifelong interest in reading for pleasure. . Motivation and challenge will be levelled to match the needs of individuals. An interest in IT skills will be fostered alongside cross-curricular themes such as citizenship, equality, diversity, mutual respect, health and wellbeing, community engagement and culture.