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English Entry 3 Functional Skills

Course aims

  • To develop your ability to understand and use effective English 
  • Set goals to help you develop the English skills YOU need in everyday life and work

Course length

Courses are usually 2 sessions a week. Courses start in September and finish in July.

Who is this course for?

Adults (19+) who would like to develop their English skills for everyday life and work and achieve an Entry 3 Functional Skills qualification.

Will I gain any qualification?

Yes, Edexcel Entry 3 FS.  There is reading test and a writing test. You can do these in the classroom when you are ready. You also have to take part of in a formal and informal discussion. The tutor will watch you do this and take notes. You will have lots of chance to practise the skills you need in class before you do the tests.  

All our English courses embed development of study, IT and job skills to help prepare you for study at higher levels and improve work prospects.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Your reading and writing skills will be assessed before you join the course to make sure that the course is the right level for you. You will have a qualification or skills at Entry 2 or above.

Please note, continuing on the course past week 5 is dependent upon passing an assessment. This assessment is designed to check you have been placed on a course at the right level.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

• Read and understand different types of text and find information from them

• Read for different purposes (eg. find detail, get the main idea, decide if it’s worth reading)

• Plan, draft and organise writing, so that it is in a sensible order

• Write for different purposes and different readers and use correct basic grammar

• Check work for accuracy, including spelling

• Develop an awareness of phonemes (letter sounds)  to improve spelling and reading

  • Take an effective part in formal and informal discussions

What could this course lead to?

At the end of the course, your tutor will check your skills to see what you are ready to do next:

  • English Level 1 Functional Skills English if you are ready to progress to this qualification 

How will I learn?

  • You will have an online Individual Learning Plan which sets targets that are personal to you.  Targets will be added  throughout the course to develop your English skills and support your journey to achieve long term goals. Your tutor will give you regular feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

  • Use of online course to support your learning
  • The teacher showing you things
  • Talking with other learners
  • Doing tasks with other learners
  • Use of self-assessment checklists
  • Using computers
  • Your tutor will give you regular feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

What we require of you as a learner?

You will be invited to a 1:1 progress review with your tutor at least once every half term.  This will take place either half an hour before or after your normal class time.

Paper, pen and ring binder plus, if possible, bring along your own device (smartphone or tablet) to access online dictionaries and apps to support your English learning in class.   You will also need to be prepared to do some individual work at home between classes.

To improve your progress on the course we expect you to attend on time and every session. If you are unable to attend a session, you will be required to email your tutor with the reason for non-attendance and you will be set work to complete at home.

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BAES Information Line 0121 303 4318

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