Course Content

Course Content

Functional Skills qualifications can open the door to a range of work and further education opportunities. Throughout your chosen face to face or teacher led online course, you will practise reading a variety of texts and will be shown how to write for everyday situations, such as letters and emails. You will also practise and develop your speaking and listening skills by taking part in short presentations and small group discussions.

The Functional Skills English course involves 3 assessments, one in speaking and listening and one each in reading and writing. All 3 assessments must be completed to achieve the qualification.
By the end of the course students will be able to:

• Demonstrate confidence when speaking with people in different situations.
• Demonstrate sound reading and writing skills.

You will be invited to attend for up to 55 hours, but your teacher will guide you to achieve in a timescale that is right for you

If English is not your first language and you need extra support to develop your skills, try our English for Speakers of other languages courses.

To be eligible for funding for courses you must be over 19 years of age as at 31st August 2023 and not be an apprentice. Further eligibility may be linked to where you live and we will check this at enrolment stage and may contact you for further information or refer you to alternative provision.

No previous experience is required. Basic IT skills are essential for online provision.

We will ask you to enrol on a BKSB assessment session. This will allow us to allocate the most suitable course for your individual level. We will then provide details of all courses available and a learner agreement will be sent to you to confirm you would like to be allocated a place.

You will need to commit to regular attendance and to complete some study in your own time.

You will need access to a Laptop or Tablet for online courses or a notepad, pen or pencil and a small folder for handouts for classroom based courses.

We deliver classroom based learning in many areas across the county including Scarborough, Whitby, Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk and Northallerton

Online courses will be delivered via Teams Educator. For these, you will need access to the internet and an email account. Your teacher will contact you on a weekly basis and you will have the opportunity to contribute to group discussions across the County. You will be given tasks to complete at each session and instructions and online demonstrations.

If you don’t have access to a computer and prefer online learning, we may still be able to support you with our laptop loan scheme.

Your teacher will give verbal and written feedback throughout the course.

You will be required to complete one reading and one writing examination. There is also a speaking and listening assessment which must be completed to achieve the qualification.

An accredited Functional Skills English qualification at an appropriate level.

Other courses related to personal or professional development including GCSEs

This is the Initial Assessment that all learners must enrol on in the first instance, prior to becoming Approved Learners. Once complete, you will receive a course letter which will include our online and classroom based available courses.

We deliver classroom based learning in many areas across the county including Scarborough, Whitby, Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk and Northallerton

Our online classes are delivered by a specialist teacher at a set day and time each week.

Concessions may be available based on income and benefit status

Helping you financially

  • 92% of our learners receive full funding for their learning. Our mission is to support you on the right learning path (T&C apply).
  • We can offer financial support relating to childcare costs, travel costs, course fees, books etc. (T&C apply).
  • You can pay for your course in instalments (over £100). Please ask for details.
  • English, maths including GCSEs and computing courses (up to Level 1) are FREE subject to eligibility (adult learners aged 19+ at 31st August 2023).
  • Qualification courses at Level 2 or below are FREE if your individual employed/self employed income is below £20,319.
  • If you have not yet achieved a Level 3 qualification or equivalent, you could learn for FREE.
  • Don’t worry if you have already gained a Level 3 qualification, but want to change your career path and try something new – you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan which you start to pay back when you earn over £27,295.
  • From April 2023, some Level 3 courses will be available for FREE to adults who are unemployed or earning below the National Living Wage annually (£20,319), even if you already have a Level 3 qualification or higher. This funding is part of the ‘Level 3 Free Courses for Jobs’ offer and you will find a full list of qualifications included in this offer here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/find-a-free-level-3-qualification/list-of-free-level-3-qualifications-available-to-eligible-adults

If you are unsure on what price you should pay, please contact us on 01609 536066 or email adultlearningservice@northyorks.gov.uk