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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    

By continuing you confirm that you are 19 or over and have agreed to the the terms and conditions

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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
Prior to enrolling onto the online course you will be asked to complete a diagnostic assessment that your online tutor will review. When that is completed, you will be given an enrolment key for the online course on our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). There is an induction video that will help you navigate the course.

What Qualification/level is this course?
We offer Functional Skills qualifications at Level 1 or Level 2 for our online courses. Essex ACL Essex uses the awarding body Pearson (Edexcel) for Functional Skills qualifications.

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 whose first language is English who needs to improve their reading, writing and speaking & listening skills to become functional in their everyday lives and work and 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. Developing correct use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

How will I learn?
This is an online course which means that you will be working at your own pace. However, your tutor will expect you to access the course for at least 2:30 hours per week and complete activities and assignments. Many of these activities are self-marked but some assignments need to be forwarded to your tutor who will assess them and give you feedback. You will also need to take part in speaking and listening assessments that will be organised by your tutor. There may be an opportunity to have an online tutorial with your tutor if necessary.

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

Will I have to do any work at home ?
This is an online course and your tutor expects you to complete assignments and activities at home regularly.

What will I need to provide?
You need to have Wifi and an email address. It is essential that you have personal computer or device where you can comfortably complete assignments.

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.