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English, Functional Skills

English and maths skills are essential to everyday life, and gaining a recognised qualification in these subjects is more important than you might think...

English is everywhere - it is one of the most spoken languages in the world with over two billion speakers, and is the language most commonly used worldwide in a number of professions, including business and science.

An understanding of English is a powerful tool that you will use in life, further study, and in your career. Studying English at Weston College will improve your vocabulary, help you express yourself, and build your confidence in grammar, spelling and reading.

Students of all ages learn English at Weston College. We have outstanding teachers and offer a range of support and guidance to help you achieve your goals, whether you want to understand the basics, or gain a qualification to help you access further study.

The course lasts one year and includes tuition of two and a half to three hours per week, you can choose day or evening classes. You will be required to do a small amount of study at home in your own time.

The course will develop your skills in three areas:

  • Speaking and listening – you’ll become more confident and fluent in using standard English to express yourself in a variety of real-life situations.
  • Reading – you’ll develop skills in reading and responding to a range of texts based around real-life situations.
  • Writing – you’ll develop writing skills in a range of real-life scenarios, improving your accuracy and developing your ideas.


You’ll be assessed by exams in three areas – speaking and listening, reading, and writing – which take place at key points within the year.


Functional Skills English allows you to develop your literacy skills in real-life situations. It’s a national qualification that’s recognised and accepted by employers, and can also act as a stepping-stone to a GCSE. Functional Skills English has many positive benefits, including improving employability prospects and helping you progress to other courses at Weston College.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however there are two levels of nationally recognised English courses: Function Skills and GCSE. Once you have applied for this course we will arrange a short interview with a tutor who will find out about your current level of understanding and your future ambitions to ensure you start on the course most appropriate for you.

Course Level

Level 1

iAn interview is required for this course.

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Most people qualify for FREE tuition and material fees due to discounts we offer. Click on the icon(s) below to find out what you’ll need to pay.

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