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English Functional Skills L1/2 Pre-GCSE – Online course

Course Level

Level 1

Start Date

Wed 28 Sep 2022


30 Weeks


Course content

  • Read and understand a range of non-fiction texts and answer comprehension questions
  • Take part in a range of discussions and give a presentation
  • Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions; including letters, emails, articles and reports, using a variety of styles suitable for purpose and audience


This course is designed to help you to develop your English skills in order to achieve a Functional Skills qualification at Level 1 or Level 2. These qualifications are needed for many jobs, apprenticeships and university courses. You will study modules in reading, writing and speaking and listening and you will take formal assessments in all 3 components. This is an ideal course to do before progressing to GCSE English. Entry requirements: completion of Foundation English or Level 1 Functional Skills English or ESOL L2 or by college based assessment at least at Level 1.

Course content:

This course will be delivered on line throughout the year

Speaking and Listening

  • Make relevant and extended contributions to formal and informal discussions
  • Listen and respond appropriately to others
  • Research information to support your discussion
  • Give a short presentation on a familiar subject


  • Identify the main points and ideas, and how they are presented, in a variety of texts
  • Read and understand complex texts in detail
  • Identify different language techniques; use of fact, opinion and bias; interpret implied meaning; compare two different texts


  • Write clearly and coherently including an appropriate level of detail
  • Use language, format and structure suitable for purpose and audience
  • Develop and use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation to a high standard
  • Write using different formats and styles


  • You should have completed the Foundation Skills programme, and have passed all assignments, or Level 1 Functional Skills or ESOL Level 2, or GCSE English Grade 3, together with a high record of attendance and punctuality. You may also be accepted directly if you achieve a high score in the college based assessment.

What do I need to do this course?

As this course will be online you will require:

  • Internet access
  • A computer with a webcam
  • A peaceful place to participate in the course from
  • An email account

You will be given a stationery list and you will need to buy a study book for use in class and at home, along with a corresponding test book. You must have use of a laptop or tablet that you can type your work on and a good broadband connection. A printer, or access to a printer is very useful. You should have a working camera and microphone for Zoom classes.

Teaching Methods

  • Teaching will be through a range of methods including:

    • Explanations that are teacher led
    • Pair work
    • Group work
    • Individual worksheets, including reading comprehension
    • Written work, both worksheets and free writing
    • Use of Moodle and other relevant computer programmes

    There are likely to be some adjustments to teaching and learning methods this year, because of the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus.

    How is your progress checked?

    This may be informal through discussion, question and answer sessions and completion of class activities. Written work will be marked, and feedback given. Formal national tests will be taken for reading and writing and these will be online. Speaking and listening will be assessed by the tutor and you will work as part of a group.

    Extra study or practice required at home.

    Homework will be set every week and you will be expected to complete about 3 hours independent homework every week, including work from online websites

    What can I do after this course?

    This course provides a firm foundation for the GCSE English course, for acceptance on many university courses and for apprenticeships and employment.


Course details

  • Tutor: Claire Dalkin
  • Time: 1100-1300
  • Provision: FE
  • Term: Full year
  • Location: Online
  • Full fee: Free
  • Concessionary fee: Free