ESOL Functional Skills English Level 1

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This course is for people who do not have English as their first language.

Why study this course?

Functional skills is widely recognised by employers and other educational institutions. Level 1 offers progression to Level 2 or GCSE, both of which meet the national minimum standard of numeracy required for employment.

Course content

The course will follow the Pearson (Edexcel) specification for Functional Skills at Level 1 and will be taught across 2 sessions per week. Learners are expected to attend both sessions on a weekly basis. The course will be assessed via written examinations in December, March or June. There is also an internally assessed speaking and listening assessment where learners will complete a presentation and a group discussion.

Learners will need to complete at least 2 hours of independent study per week to support the content covered in lesson.

Entry requirements

Learners must hold a full certificate in ESOL or other English language qualification at Entry 3 as a minimum due to the language requirements of the course. Learners will complete a short initial assessment to determine their eligibility.


You will need a pen, an A4 sized lined notepad and a folder to keep your work in.

Day, time & duration

Various groups are available, please contact the ESOL team for further information

Start date

Week commencing 18th September.


This course is free.

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