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English  Level 1 Functional Skills

Course aims

  • To improve your reading, writing and verbal communication skills in real-life contexts
  • To set goals to help you develop the English skills YOU need in everyday life and work
  • To gain a Functional English qualification at Level 1

Course length

Courses run from September to June and you will sit Functional Skills exams in week beginning 1st July 2019.   

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.

Who is this course for?

Adults (19+) who would like to develop their English skills for everyday life and work and gain a qualification.

Will I gain any qualification?

You will work towards a qualification in Level 1 Functional English. There are two written assessments, one in reading and one in writing. There is also a presentation and a formal discussion, observed and assessed by the tutor. You will be given ample opportunity to practise for the formal exams, as well as the chance to practice presentation and discussion skills and complete course work to further develop your skills.  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.

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.

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 may already have an Entry 3 qualification or some units of Functional Skills at Level 1.


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

  • Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Identify the purpose and features of different sorts of texts
  • Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
  • Consider your audience and use appropriate style and features to produce a wide range of effective texts such as letters, reports, emails and promotional leaflets
  • Develop your communication skills and confidence to make presentations and take part in formal discussions
  • Identify relevant information and lines of argument in discussions and presentations
  • Know and use strategies to learn spellings and spell better
  • Plan, draft and organise writing and check your own work for accuracy, including spelling

What could this course lead to?

  • Level 2 Functional Skills if you are ready to study at this level
  • A course with BAES where Level 1 English skills are an entry requirement, e.g. ITQ Level 2, Childcare Level 1, NCFE Level 2 courses in arts and crafts
  • A vocational course at a college

How will I learn?

A combination of individual work, group work, class discussions, ICT use and individual research sessions.

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  an online course to support your learning.

What we require of you as a learner?

You must be available to sit your Functional Skills Reading exam week beginnning 27th April 2020 and Writing exam beginning 29th June 2020.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: for L1 and L2 Fast Track FS courses (evening courses) you will need to be a confident user of IT with access to IT at home.  You will undertake bskb online modules as part of your course of study.

Useful website(s)

Everyday English 1   (Open University, Functional Skills English L1 online course)





Contact details

BAES Information Line 0121 303 4318


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