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Functional Skills English


We offer intensive one-week classes, meaning you attend every day for a week, as well as offering blended learning classes (in-class and remote learning taking place over a longer duration).


City & Guilds Functional Skills English (4748)

Course Start:

Start dates throughout the year


North Street

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Course Overview

Functional Skills is a recognised and respected qualification in English. This is a course for those who are English speakers but would like to improve their reading, writing or verbal skills, or simply want to gain a formal qualification.

Functional Skills equips you with the practical English needed to live, learn and work successfully. The course content will help you develop skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar in your own writing. You will develop your reading skills to identify language features and text structure.

We offer Functional Skills English at Level 1 and Level 2 . Each level is comprised of three modules: Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. All three elements need to be successfully completed to obtain the qualification.

Level 1 is the ideal foundation for further study and helps you to develop or refresh your skills. Level 2 is recognised by many employers and universities as a GCSE equivalent.

Entry requirements

No formal prior qualifications are required.  You will be invited to do an initial assessment to ensure you are enrolled at the correct level and so you can make good progress. 

This is an intensive course, and you need to commit to attending each session and complete any additional set work outside of the class.


You will be regularly assessed by your tutor and will be given feedback and action points to ensure you are making progress and are fully prepared for your exams.

You will be assessed via an online exam in Reading and Writing.  Your tutor will assess you for Speaking & Listening and this will be externally quality assured.


Functional Skills English courses are free for most adults if they are a UK resident, 19+ and do not already have an equivalent qualification.

Additional Information

The course will run subject to minimum viable class sizes and there are start dates throughout the year.  If you successfully complete all three modules at Level 1, you can apply for the Level 2 course. 

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