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English Functional Skills

Subject Area

English & Maths

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

Our Functional Skills courses focus on the skills needed in everyday work and life.

Functional Skills English aims to develop your current literacy skills to help you to succeed in everyday work and social situations, as well as to qualify for further study.

You will cover communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening

Our courses are available at three levels (Entry level, Level 1 & 2) and all aim to build on your current starting point. The awarding body for the course is City & Guilds

Why should I choose the course?

We know that not everyone finds reading and writing easy and enjoyable and so have designed our courses to build on your existing skills whilst developing confidence and knowledge in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

These skills and qualifications can be life-changing. They may help you to get a job if you're out of work but also get on in one if you're already working.

Each level of Functional Skills aims to build on the one before, ultimately leading to a Functional Skills Level 2. Many Universities will accept Functional Skills Level 2 as an alternative entry requirement to GCSE and it’s a great English qualification to aim for.

Please always check with the University you want to apply to or consider your next steps when thinking about which course would be the most appropriate for you.

What will I learn?

We will create a welcoming and purposeful learning environment where students are engaged and motivated to achieve the qualification through expert teaching.

Each Functional Skills level comprises of 3 exams, a reading exam, a writing exam and a speaking and listening exam. The courses will focus on reading skills such as skimming and scanning and reading for meaning, technical writing skills for example persuasive writing and expressing a view point verbally in a group.

Task based activities will allow you to practice these in real life scenarios.

Regular one to ones with your progress will ensure you are on track and understand the progress you are making. In order to consolidate the skills and knowledge taught, you will need to do at least 2 hours of directed study per week in your own time.

What will the course lead on to?

On successful completion of the course you will receive a City & Guilds Functional Skills qualification in English at Entry level, level 1 or 2.

You may then progress to the next level of Functional Skills English, GCSE or courses in other areas. These qualifications will support you to access a wider range of jobs and careers as well as further study.

Are there any links with industry and university?

These courses are designed specifically to help you improve your chances of securing a job or progressing in one you already have. Employers, no matter what industry sector, want employees who can communicate effectively and appropriately whether that be written or spoken.

Or you may need to upskill your English to secure a University place.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Studying at Warrington & Vale Royal college is easier than you think. With courses that fit around you, help with finance and support with study and IT skills, we’ve got everything you need to succeed!

Perhaps you think you're too old, can't afford it or haven't got the time - well think again! At Warrington & Vale Royal we're a college for the whole community and we've made it easier than ever for you to achieve your ambitions with our engaging courses and expert tuition.

What are the entry requirements?

Before you enrol, we will make sure you are enrolled to the right level of course for you through a short skills check and information appointment.

You should be able to state which skills you wish to improve, have clear goals you wish to achieve and be able to work independently.

What are my funding options?

For any funding enquiries, please contact our Learner Services Team by calling 01925 494400 or emailing

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

Throughout the course you will be provided with a variety of resources in class and on the college computer based Virtual Learning Environment.

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22 Weeks
Class Times
18:00 - 21:00
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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