Functional Skills English

Why do this course?

Make sure your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills are up-to-scratch for the workforce.
Both courses also include employability units to further help and support your employment prospects.

What is the course length?

The standard course is 12 weeks, one day a week, with a weekend option 10 PM – 1 PM or 6 PM – 9 PM.
We also have an intensive option which is six weeks long.

What does the course consist of?


  • Text focus: improving reading comprehension skills
  • Sentence focus: understanding grammar and punctuation usage
  • Word focus: vocabulary, word recognition and phonics

Speaking & Listening

  • How to speak to communicate effectively
  • Engaging and contributing to discussions
  • Listening and responding


  • How to construct sentences
  • Understanding the alphabet
  • Correct spelling

What levels are available?

  • Entry levels (1, 2 and 3)
  • Level 1 and Level 2

Our team will assess which level course you should join.
The awarding body is NCFE.

Course Costs

This course is fully funded for:
This course is fully funded for unemployed individuals in receipt of benefit and employed individuals, provided you:

  • are aged 19+ prior to 31st August 2018
  • have not previously attained a GCSE grade A* – C or grade 4, or higher