Functional Skills – English

Practical English Skills for Work

Functional Skills – English

Why do this course?

Make sure your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are up-to-scratch for the workforce.

Both courses also include employability units to further help and support your employment prospects.

What is the course length?

The standard course is four weeks, Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Some of our centres also provide a FastTrack option, which is a two week course.

What does the course consist of?


  • Text focus: Improving reading comprehension skills
  • Sentence focus: Understanding grammar and punctuation usage
  • Word focus: Vocabulary, word recognition and phonics

Speaking & Listening

  • How to speak to communicate
  • Engaging and contributing to discussions
  • Listening and responding


  • How to construct sentences
  • Understanding the alphabet
  • Correct spelling

What levels are available?

  • Entry levels (1, 2 and 3),
  • Level 1 and Level 2

Our team will assess which level course you should join.

The awarding body is City and Guilds.

Course cost

This course is fully funded for:

This course is Fully Funded for unemployed individuals in receipt of benefit and employed individuals, providing you:

  • are aged 19+ prior to 31st August 2018
  • must not have previously attained a GCSE grade A* – C or grade 4, or higher