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Fast Track English Functional Skills


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

Functional Skills are nationally recognised qualifications in English. The aim of these courses is to improve your English skills, assisting you in your life, work and further learning.

These courses are designed to meet the needs of the world of work and are particularly suitable for those people either actively looking for employment, as well as those in employment wishing to progress in their career.

They can also be used as a stepping stone on to GCSE or help you gain access to further college or higher education courses.

This fast track course will enable you to complete a level 1 or level 2 Functional Skills qualification in just 4 weeks.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in June 2021 and will take 4 weeks to complete. You will attend two 3 hour sessions per week. It is a flexible course and can be studied either during the day or in the evening.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

Functional English provides the basis for effective communication and understanding across the three subject skill areas; speaking and listening, reading and writing. The study of English can broaden your skills and confidence, allowing you to develop skills that help you to get on in life and work.

You will learn to write concisely and with clarity and will apply this knowledge to a number of practical writing tasks, such as article and letter writing.

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

For all levels, you will need to sit an examination and you will be fully supported by your tutor.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You don't need any previous qualifications to undertake this course. However, in order to determine the most suitable level of study for your needs, you will undertake an initial and diagnostic assessment prior to entry onto the course.

What are the course fees?

This course is free to study providing you don't already hold a grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above at GCSE level in this subject.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed your English qualification you will be able to progress on to the next level. We offer English qualifications all the way up to GCSE level.

It may also mean that you meet the entry criteria for other college or university courses, as well as improving your career prospects by gaining a qualification that is recognised by employers.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Andrea Beatty