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 or Entry 3 Functional Skills English or ESOL L2 or by college based assessment at least at Entry 3.
This is a 30 week full year programme which is planned to be delivered completely online, but teacher led using Zoom. It is likely that you will need to come into PACA to take the formal assessments. Reading and writing assessments will be online.
Speaking and Listening
You should have completed the Foundation Skills programme, and have passed all assignments, or Entry 3 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.
As the course will be delivered online you will require:
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 will be through a range of methods including:
You will be expected to work independently on homework tasks and to use the internet, word processing and presentation software.
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.
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.
This course provides a firm foundation for the GCSE English course, for university programmes, for apprenticeships and employment.