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Essential Skills (English and Maths)

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This course helps adults improve their personal literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in everyday contexts from work and life. Developing these skills is essential for progression in further study or employment opportunities. The course is for anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills and who does not already hold a Level 1 English qualification.

Students work towards a nationally recognised qualification that will assess reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Within each lesson students usually develop all three skills.

  • Speaking, Listening and Communication: take full part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects.

  • Reading: read and understand a range of straightforward texts.

  • Writing: write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, all applicants are required to undertake an interview and diagnostic assessment to ensure we place them on the correct course.


Students should have a working knowledge of sentence structure and paragraph structure and how to write for audience and purpose. Students should also be able to read and understand everyday texts, such as articles, emails and letters. Finally, small group discussions are a part of the course, so learners should be comfortable talking in small groups.


Edexcel Functional Skills English Level 1


Formal assessments include: one 60 minute writing exam, one 60 minute reading exam and two group discussions. The student and tutor will negotiate an individual learning programme and set individual targets. Class assessments are on-going and controlled assessments will take place when the teacher feels that the students are ready.

Home Study

Homework and/or self-directed study will normally take between one and two hours per week.

Work Placement

This course does not require learners to attend work experience.


Qualifications at Level 1 and 2 can be used to fulfil the entry requirements for further study. Students can progress through Levels 1 and 2 and can then apply for a GCSE English course.

Fees and Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

Additional Information

FSL1ENG/BU 202101 Tuesday 14/09/2020 06/07/2021 18:30 - 20:30 £.00
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