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English - Functional Skills  

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Course Summary

Course Code: WEBD07  

Start Date: Various   

Start Time and Lesson Duration:  for hours

Duration:  lessons over  week(s)

Location: ACL Harlow & The Library  

Fee: Free    Help 

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This course 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. Classes are available at all our centres on a variety of days and times.

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, find out about the course and set learning targets.

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 to use 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 skills to improve your spelling, grammar and punctuation.

How will I learn?
Your tutor will use a number of different teaching methods to develop your skills. These will include a wide range of authentic materials, individual study, working in pairs/group activities and will include the use of video/audio. You will also have the opportunity to use online learning technologies to develop your skills.

How will I know how well I am doing?
You will complete a personal progress record each week in order for your tutor to support your learning goals. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback from your tutor.

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 to bring a pen, pencil, ruler, lined paper and a folder for your work.

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.



ACL Harlow & The Library  
The High  
Cross Street
Essex CM20 1HA

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