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On this course, you learn to deal with English problems that will help you develop skills across speaking, listening and communication, reading, and writing.
If you don't have English GCSE, this English Level 2 Functional Skills qualification can be used to meet many degree entry requirements and the requirements of an Advanced Level Apprenticeship.
What are they?
How do I study?
Are they accredited?
Can I use only my phone?
No, you will not be able to study it entirely on a Mobile Phone or Tablet, you will need access to a Laptop or Desktop computer.
How can I use this qualification?
Many universities now accept Functional Skills English & Maths instead of GCSEs in these subjects. Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications can also be used to meet the requirements of Advanced Level Apprenticeships.
How long will it take?
This is intended to be a fast-track course, studied over 15 weeks or less. To achieve the qualification you will be required to commit to approximately 55 hours of guided learning.
How am I assessed?
All assessments are externally set and marked by our awarding body, Open Awards.
You will only sit the externally set and marked assessments when you are ready, and our Exams Department arranges this at a time that is convenient for you.
The cost of all assessments is included in the course fee and it is completed and invigilated entirely online.
What if I fail an exam?
If you do not pass an exam first time and want to try again, you can resit up to three times. However, additional fees are incurred if you wish to do this.
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.
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:
- Considering complex information and giving a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language
- Preparing for and contribute to the formal discussion of ideas and opinions
- Making different kinds of contributions to discussions
- Reading and summarising, succinctly, information, ideas from different sources
- Identifying the purposes of texts and commenting on how meaning is conveyed
- Detecting point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias
- Using a range of writing styles for different purposes
- Using a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively
You will be required to pass three externally set and marked assessments which test your ability to read, write and communicate verbally in practical settings such as: writing emails and letters, giving presentations and group discussions.
You will only sit these assessments when you are ready, and our Exams Department arranges this at a time that is convenient for you.
If you do not pass first time, you can resit each External Assessment up to three times, but each resit will incur an additional fee.
The most flexible fees
Easy to manage flexible instalments. Payment holidays. No tie-ins or credit agreements. Great value. If the course is not for you, pay no more. If you leave & return, fees paid previously are still covered. More details on our Fees Page.£418.00 (from £136.00 a month) enrol today for just £10.00
Discount - if you study more than one Functional Skills qualification with us, you only pay the Enrolment Fee once. A saving of £30.00.
If you want to study more than one Functional Skills qualification, please enrol on one of them. When you do this you will also be able to inform us that you would like to study both.
External Assessment Resit Fees
You can resit External assessments up to three times, but each resit will incur an additional fee of £77.00.
Funding your course
- This course is not eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.
- This course is not eligible for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding.
The majority of our students fund themselves using our easy payment options. Some secure funding through their employers and a few manage to get some help from local charities. We cannot provide advice on funding but we do have a Grants & Funding page which you may find useful.
If you are not funding your course yourself
Please ensure that you make us aware of this when you apply so that we can advise you & make any necessary arrangements with the funder to cover your course costs.
The normal method of payment is online with a Credit or Debit Card. We accept all major cards.
If there are genuine reasons why you cannot pay online, you will need to contact us to discuss whether there are other feasible options available such as bank transfer or Standing Order.
The support that our students receive is central to who we are and the service that we deliver.
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, phone, WhatApp, text and virtual meetings. 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 student. Some students 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 virtual meeting 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.
Our Student Services team are here for you from your first enquiry to the end of your course. From clarifying university entry requirements to finding the course which is right for you, Student Services are here for everybody - past, present and prospective students alike.
Learning Support - support if you have declared a disability. They provide advice and guidance and signpost you to help and resources which can help with your studies.
Student Support - supporting you if you are having problems with your studies. This may be due to a wide range of factors, personal, financial, confidence, changed circumstances etc. Generally, tutors will refer you to this section if they feel that you will benefit from some extra help or advice.
We have a dynamic private Facebook community over 2000 students for you to join and if you want to raise points with staff this can be done via the Student Action Group.
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.
From accessing learning materials to uploading documents, if you need any technical support during your studies our Technical Department is there for you.
Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances the Finance Department is there for you.