• Course Information

    Functional Skills English courses aim to build on your current skills and to focus on the skills needed to help you succeed in everyday work and social situations. They look at communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and are available at three levels (Entry Level 3, Level 1 & 2). The awarding body for the course is Edexcel.

    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
      60342894 (L1), 60342900 (L2)
    • Price
      £724 (FREE if you do not currently hold grade A*-C/9-4 or an equivalent qualification)
    • Attendance Pattern
      Daytime or Evening
    • Course Level
      Level 1 & 2
    • Course Location
      Strawberry Fields Hub
      Leyland Campus
    • Start Date
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      17 weeks
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  • Overview

    You will study this course at the Strawberry Fields Hub in Chorley for Level 1 and Entry level for daytime lessons. Click here to view map.

    You will study this course at our Leyland Campus for Level 1 and Entry level for evening lessons.

    Functional Skills English courses focus on reading, technical writing skills and planning and creating a range of personal and work documents such as letters, blogs and forum posts. The course will also develop confidence in your speaking and listening skills. Task based activities will allow you to practise these in everyday scenarios.

    Your progress will be regularly reviewed with your tutor.

    You will work individually, in pairs, small groups or as a whole class in order to consolidate the skills and knowledge taught. You will need to do approximately 3 hours of directed study per week in your own time.

    LEVEL 1 / 2 – Course starts Tuesday 5th September:

    • Level 1: Tuesdays 17:30-20:30 or Thursdays 09:30-12:30
    • Level 2: Tuesdays 13:30-16:30 or Thursdays 17:30-20:30


    LEVEL 3 – Course starts Thursday 7th September:

    • Thursdays – 09:30-12:30

    Hear what Luke has to say about studying Functional Skills at Runshaw:

  • Equipment Required

    Please bring a pen, A4 lined paper and an A4 ring binder to the first session.

  • Entry Requirements

    Prior to enrolment you will need to undertake a BKSB assessment to ensure you are enrolled on to the right level.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Courses are externally assessed by:

    • a reading paper
    • a writing paper
    • Speaking & Listening

    Speaking & Listening for Entry Level qualifications are internally assessed.

  • Progression Pathway

    On successful completion of the course you will receive an Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in English at either Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2. You may then progress to the next level Functional Skills English course, or to other further education courses.

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

  • National Careers Service

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