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English - Functional Skills  

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Course Summary

Course Code: WEBD01  

Start Date: Various   

Start Time and Lesson Duration:  for hours

Duration:  lessons over  week(s)

Location: Online Live  

Fee: Free    Help 

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This course is offered through our virtual classroom and is for anyone who needs to improve their English skills for their everyday life, to increase their career prospects or to gain access to further or higher education. You will work towards a qualification.

You will need to complete an assessment and attend a virtual pre-course interview with a tutor before starting this course, during which you will be able to discuss all the options available to you. Click on 'How to Enrol' button on the right-hand side of this page to book your assessment.

What Will Happen At My First Lesson
In the first week of your course you will meet your tutor and other learners online on Teams. You will find out more about the course and set personal targets to achieve.

What Qualification/level is this course?
We offer Functional Skills qualifications at all levels. You will discuss the level of qualification you will be working towards with your tutor.

Examinations Venue disclaimer
Please note, you may be required to travel to an alternative ACL Centre when taking your examination or assessment. This will be communicated to you at the earliest opportunity.

Who is the course for?
Anyone who needs to improve their reading, writing and speaking & listening skills at home and work and to gain a qualification.

What can I expect to learn?
You will work on the areas relevant to your own needs to achieve a Functional Skills English qualification. You will improve your skills in the following areas: Speaking, listening and communication Take part in formal and informal discussions. Give short presentations. Reading Compare, select, read and understand texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions. Writing Write documents to communicate information, ideas and opinions using formats suitable for their purpose and audience. Develop your skills to improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar.

How will I learn?
This is an online live course where you will attend a weekly 2.5 hour session on our Teams platform. You will need to have a digital device with a camera so you can fully participate in your online studies and meet other learners. You will need to be able to type and send class and homework activities to your tutor. It is essential that you have an email account and access to a suitable digital device to particpate in this course.

How will I know how well I am doing?
You will receive regular verbal and written feedback from your tutor. You will also complete a personal progress record each week to help your tutor support you with achieving your learning goals.

Will I have to do any work at home ?
To get the most from the course you will be expected to complete work at home independently as directed by the tutor.

What will I need to provide?
You will need a digital device - a laptop/ PC is preferable - and an email account.

Are there any other costs?

What can I do next?
You can progress on to other courses. Your tutor will advise as to which is the most suitable. The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified Careers Advisers. To make an appointment please call 0800 100 900 (calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers) or visit their website

Further Information
For all enquiries regarding this course please contact 0345 603 7635.