English Functional Skills for ESOL learners

Time6.30-8.30pmDuration30 weeks
QualificationFunctional Skills Qualification in EnglishAwarding BodyNCFE


About this course

We offer English Functional Skills at Entry Level 1 for learners who have English as a second language. This course helps to develop a basic level of practical and transferable skills in English, which will be useful in work and life. This qualification include 3 units:


  • Speaking, Listening and Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing


You will learn a range of skills including:

  • Saying the names of the letters of the alphabet
  • Making requests and responding to simple questions
  • Participating in discussions
  • Reading simple sentences
  • Using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.


You should expect to complete 2 hours of homework per week in addition to class attendance and exam revision.

Entry requirements

You must have a basic level of English to join this course.


Learners will attend weekly lessons in college. This course may incorporate an element of live remote lessons where appropriate.   It is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.

Learners also benefit from access to the college library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.


There are three assessments for these courses: a speaking and listening assessment; a reading exam and a writing exam



Learners may progress on to the next level Functional Skills course or GCSE English.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or  adulted@collyers.ac.uk.


Students are required to attend a College induction on the evening of Thursday 8th September


This is a free course (fully funded) for UK residents who have lived in the UK for the last 3 years and who do not already have an equivalent qualification. For funding options for EEA nationals and non-UK national citizens see our Fees and Funding page.