English Functional Skills – Adult

English Functional Skills – Adult

Adult Skills & Training Location: Brockenhurst College - Main Site
Type: Part Time
Awarding Body: Edexcel/Pearson
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Course Details

As a student on a Functional Skills English course you will learn and practise the skills needed to communicate confidently, effectively and independently. This course supports the practical development of your English skills enabling you to gain the most out of your work, education and day to day life. During the course you will focus on three areas; Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening.

Levels of qualification available range from entry level to level 2. A level 2 Functional Skills qualification can be a requirement for work or further education and can be used in preparation for a GCSE course.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Course Structure & Teaching Methods

The emphasis of teaching is on building up the practical communication skills that you already have so that you can gain the most from life, learning and work.  The context for learning is a range of real life contexts and scenarios, such as reading and writing instructions, articles, letters, e-mails and job applications.  In addition, the course will cover practical strategies to revise and improve spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Entry Level skills aim to ensure that each individual is able to communicate effectively and develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. 

Within a Level 1 qualification you will:
Take part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects
Read and understand a range of straightforward texts
Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions, using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience

Within a Level 2 qualification you will:
Make a range of contributions to discussions in a range of contexts, including those that are unfamiliar, and make effective presentations
Select, read, understand and compare texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions
Write a range of texts, including extended written documents, communicating information, ideas and opinions, effectively and persuasively                                                                 

Teaching methods include tutor-led sessions, tutorials and discussions, plus individual, paired and group tasks.  In addition, you will have access to the college e-learning site, which offers additional resources and support.


The assessment approach is primarily through a 45 mins/ 1 hour external paper-based assessment for both the reading and writing components. These assessments will take place during specified examination windows as agreed with your tutor. In addition, speaking, listening and communication controlled discussion and presentation assessments take place throughout the year, which are set and assessed by your tutor.

In order to achieve the Functional Skills qualification you must achieve a pass in all three components of the English: Writing, Reading and Speaking and Listening.

Information & Support

Prior to starting on a course you will be asked to attend an enrolment / assessment session. This will give an indication of your current level of English, and subsequently, the qualification in which you will work towards.

Courses run from Brockenhurst on a Tuesday from 10am to 12pm and 12:30pm to 2:30pm and from New Milton on Wednesday from 09:30am to 11:30am and Thursday 7pm to 9pm.
All classes run from September through to the following June, although it may be possible to join part way through a course. You will be required to attend on a weekly basis.

Students with any kind of disability and/ or learning difference may be referred to the Skills Development Team within the college for further support. 


Progression Opportunities

English Functional Skills qualifications will improve your skills in day to day life and can be a requirement for further/higher education or employment.

Entry Levels will enable progression to Level 1 Functional Skills.

Level 1 will enable progression to Level 2 Functional Skills.

Level 2 will enable progression to GCSE English. 


Available dates and locations

Please contact us to register your interest for the next available start date.

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