Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 and/or Level 2
Course Starts: Tuesday September 12th Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Course length: approx. 30 weeks
Fee: Free to those who do not already have a C grade at GCSE
Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course. See Entry Requirements.
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.
Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course. The qualifications have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.
Functional English in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:
Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).
Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).
You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you based on an initial assessment.
ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
Yes. To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills English, or equivalent. If you do not have this qualification please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email email@example.com to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete our pre-course initial assessment.
You can download the pre-course assessment via the link below. Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the assessment task.
The assessment must be hand written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Friday 1 September. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.
Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English
WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?
The qualification is divided into 3 units which can be claimed individually. However you need to achieve all 3 units before they can be “cashed in” to form the full award.
The units are:
This will include discussion and presentation skills
The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical to stimulate and motivate you in your work. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.
Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs. Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.
WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or even to “keep up with their children” at school. We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.
You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:
- You already have a grade “C” or higher in GCSE English.
- You are under 19 and have a grade D GCSE English, in which case you will need to resit your GCSE
- You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.
Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language. It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.
IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?
Yes. You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2. Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Your first session will be an assessment session, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.
Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate. You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.
In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units. These are usually paper-based and take place in your usual class time. They have to be taken in nationally set monthly “test windows”; the dates of these windows will be provided once you have enrolled on the course.
The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor through designated sessions where you will be expected to take part in discussions and to give a class presentation.
If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.