English Functional Skills Summer School – C2043

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Course Overview

Achieve an English Functional Skills qualification at Level 1 or 2 at Summer School. This is a 2-week Intensive course starting 1st July, running from 9.30am to 3pm each day. The exam will be on Friday 12th July 2024. You must be available to attend all sessions and complete work independently and on time.

Functional skills are practical and applied skills in English which allow you to work confidently, effectively and independently at home and at work. It is a recognised qualification by colleges and employers.

This course is perfect for you if you already have very strong underpinning English skills but require development to apply those skills and techniques effectively to secure an accredited qualification.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Level 1 and level 2 Functional Skills are designed to develop the your ability to communicate effectively when reading, writing and speaking and listening. You will learn these skills using real-life practical contexts which provide a foundation for progression into employment or further education and develop skills for everyday life.

To achieve the full Functional Skills qualification, a pass in all three units is required.

Entry Requirements

You must have strong underpinning skills at either level 1 or level 2 but require development of your functional skills. You must be able to attend every day of teaching and be available for the exam date. You must also be able to work independently for up to 3 hours per day during the course to get the qualification.

You must be 19 or over on 31 August 2023, and not already hold a GCSE grade 4, or an equivalent qualification.

Course placement will be dependent on an informal interview and initial assessment results.

This course requires full attendance.

How you will be assessed

You will complete two exams at the end of the course, one in reading and the other in writing. You will complete a discussion and a presentation, which will be assessed for the speaking and listening unit. The reading and writing papers are externally assessed exams and you would normally receive your result within 4 weeks.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

This course could lead onto GCSE English or a Level 2 Functional Skills Course.

Achieving a Functional Skills English level 2 qualification will increase your opportunities to apply for a range of jobs and further courses. GCSE English level 4 is increasingly becoming a requirement for many higher level courses, such as teaching, social work and nursing. Developing your higher level reading and writing skills will also benefit you in any further study as well as at work and in your everyday life.

What Happens Next

Apply online for course code C2043.

You will then be invited in for an initial assessment. Once you have taken this you will either be offered a place on this course or signposted to a course which is more suitable to your level.

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