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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.

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 English Entry 1 (Non-accredited) View details

We will use everyday situations like travel, shopping, health and where you live to practise asking questions and giving personal information. We will learn some spelling and grammar rules, practise filling in forms and writing short sentences. We will also practise reading and finding information, for example in forms, timetables and short texts. This course can increase your confidence and help you be more independent in your everyday life, at home and at work.

Get Ready for English Entry 2 (Non-accredited) View details

This course is for students who have already passed the Functional English Entry 1 exam. You will take part in discussions about everyday situations, listening for important information to help you join in and make useful contributions. You will also look at ways to improve your spelling, using common patterns and rules. You will work on adding more information into your sentences, making them longer and more detailed.

Get Ready for English Entry 3 (Non-accredited) View details

This course is for students who have already passed the Functional English Entry 2 exam. We will give opinions about topical issues. We will look at different features of longer texts, and how these can help us to understand the purpose of the text and find information in it. You will improve your spelling of less common words by using strategies you have learned before. We will work on extending sentences, paying particular attention to the grammatical accuracy, in a range of tenses to write about events and actions in the past, present and future.

Landmarks in British Poetry View details

Taking a few examples from each of the main periods in the history of English poetry, we shall discuss the evolution of British poetry together with a study of the various forms the poets chose to use.