🚧 NSCG | Functional Skills English
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Course overview

During the intensive 54 hour Functional Skills in English course, you will develop literacy skills fit for the modern world. You will learn how to improve your reading, writing, speaking, listening and communication in English, together with applying these skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in other real life situations. The course will give you the opportunity to:
• Listen, understand and make relevant contributions to discussions with others in a range of contexts
• Apply their understanding of language to adapt delivery and content to suit audience and purpose
• Read a range of different text types confidently and fluently, applying their knowledge and understanding of texts to their own writing
• Write texts of varying complexity, with accuracy, effectiveness, and correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
• Understand the situations when, and audiences for which, planning, drafting.
You will be supported throughout your journey on the Functional Skills course by your tutor, but it is really important you have a real commitment to achieving the qualification. Whilst studying, you will be expected to attend weekly 3 hour lessons and complete an additional 6 hours of weekly self-study learning through homework and online resources made available to you by your tutor. The course will include two externally set formal exams and two speaking and listening assessments.

What else do I need to know?

Please note that courses run subject to minimum viable class sizes. Please note there may be additional costs for books, materials or other expenses.

What are the entry requirements?

Our Functional Skills English course is intended for students who have achieved Entry 2 and have a good literacy skills, but have not previously obtained a level 1 or 2 maths qualification.
Prior to the course starting you will be invited in to attend an interview with a member of staff, during the interview you will complete an online initial assessment and paper based writing assessment, both of which will be used to assess your numeracy skills and the level of course suitable for your needs .
For the duration of the first 7 weeks, you are enrolled on an intro to Functional Skills English and will be taught the essential skills to help you progress on to the main Functional Skill qualification. At the end of the 7 weeks, you will complete a progress assessment and receive a 1 to 1 with your tutor to discuss which qualification is suitable to support your needs.

How is it assessed?

You will be formally assessed by two externally set formal examinations and two speaking and listening assessment recorded by your tutor. The exams will take place at an appropriate time in the course when your tutor feels you have made enough progress. In addition to the external examinations, you will undertake internal controlled assessments every 4 weeks to monitor your progress and provide you with regular feedback.

What financial support is on offer?

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group is pleased to be able to offer financial support to help students meet the costs of attending College.
If you are on state benefits or are on a low income you may be entitled to fee remission towards your course. *This is at the Colleges discretion.

What can I do next?

You can progress through the Functional Skills levels and then onto GCSE Maths.

How do I find out more?

For further information, please contact Joanne Petitt on 01782 254289.

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