Online Level 1 Functional Skills in English with full course information
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Functional Skills English Level 1

Available from early 2019

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Studied and externally assessed entirely online.

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What you will study:

You learn to deal with English problems that will help you develop skills across speaking, listening and communication, reading, and writing.

Examples of the types of skills you will develop include, but not limited to:

  • Making relevant and extended contributions to discussions, allowing for and responding to others' input
  • Preparing for and contributing to the formal discussion of ideas and opinions
  • Making different kinds of contributions to discussions
  • Reading and understanding texts in detail
  • Utilising information contained in texts
  • Identifying suitable responses to texts in more than one type of text
  • Writing clearly and coherently, including an appropriate level of detail
  • Using correct grammar, including correct and consistent use of tense
  • Ensuring written work includes generally accurate punctuation and spelling and that the meaning is clear in more than one type of text

How can I use this qualification?

Functional Skills English Level 1 prepares you for progression to Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE English Language.

Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications can also be used to meet the requirements of Intermediate Level Apprenticeships.

How long will it take?

This is intended to be a fast-track course, studied over 12 weeks or less. To achieve the qualification you will be required to commit to approximately 45 hours of guided learning.

How am I assessed?

You will be required to pass three separate assessments to achieve this qualification. The three components do not need to be taken together, but all three must be passed for the qualification to be achieved:

  • One externally set and marked assessment in reading
  • One externally set and marked assessment in writing
  • Controlled assessments in speaking, listening and communication

These assessments test your ability to use English in practical settings such as: Work and education / Community, citizenship and environment / Family, home and social issues.

You will only sit the assessments when you are ready, and our Exams department arranges this at a time that is convenient for you.

The costs of the assessments are included in the course fee and they are completed and invigilated entirely online.

There are no restrictions on resitting assessments within this qualification but any resit will incur an additional fee.

Do I need to buy a text book?

No. You will have access to our high quality and skills-focused learning materials that will teach you to develop the skills needed to pass the Functional Skills assessments. Everything you need to pass the exams are in the materials.

Fees to be confirmed

Your tutor

Your tutor is both your personal support and your subject specialist teacher. They were chosen for their expert subject knowledge and qualifications, and for their skills in supporting and motivating adults who may have been out of education for some time. They are there to support you and guide your studies, and you will be in regular contact over email, the phone and Skype. They know how to help you to improve, develop and advance as you progress through the course.

To a great extent, their role adapts to your own personal needs as a learner. Some learners like a lot of interaction and support, whereas others may prefer to get on with things on their own and check their progress less regularly. This is your choice but you will always been entitled to a telephone or Skype call once a week and email support within 24 hours of your request (except weekends). Your tutor is there to make sure that your time with us is as successful and enjoyable as possible.

Student Services

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We make our courses suit you and your life: if your circumstances or priorities change then your course can too. We are here to help you achieve, and so altering your target completion date, payment date, or extending your study period is always possible.

Technical Department

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Financial Department

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