English Functional Skills

Time6.30-8.30pmDuration: 30 weeks
QualificationFunctional SkillsQualification in EnglishAwarding Body:NCFE


About this course

We offer English Functional Skills courses at Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2. These courses help to develop a basic level of practical and transferable skills in English, which will be useful in work and life. These qualifications include 3 units:

  • Speaking, Listening and Communication
  • Reading
  • Writing


You will learn a range of skills including:

  • Communicating information and contributing to discussions
  • Reading and understanding information in a range of texts
  • Writing letters, emails and reports
  • 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 
No previous knowledge is required. Students who apply to study these courses with us will be invited to attend a session at the college to complete an online assessment. This will show us which level you are ready to study at.


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. Exams at Entry Level 3 are paper based; exams at Level 1 and Level 2 are online. All assessments and exams will take place during the evening.


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.