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Adult Functional Skills English Level 1


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Course NameStart DateEnd DateSite  
Adult Functional Skills English Level 107/09/202002/07/2021Stephenson College - Coalvillealternate textAvailable for applications

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Will I have to pay fees?

Free Courses

16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

Advanced Learning Loan - Information on ways to fund your level 3 or above qualification - Details Here

More information about this Course

Course Overview
The course is tailored to individual needs and sessions run in a supportive environment with experienced teachers. The course is suitable for people who want to increase their confidence, progress at work, get a job or help their children. The course is split into 3 units: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. You will develop and become confident in discussions and presentations; reading and writing a wide variety of texts; and using accurate punctuation, grammar and spelling. The Reading and Writing unit will be assessed through an external exam. The Speaking and Listening element will be carried out in college.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
No qualifications are necessary, but an Entry Level 3 English qualification would be an advantage. Acceptance by individual interview and assesssment.

How Long Is The Course?
20 weeks. Two start dates: September and February.

What Will I Learn?
Reading; Writing; Speaking and Listening.

How Will I Learn?
In small groups.

How Will I Be Assessed?
Initial and diagnostic assessment at the start of the course followed by continuous review of student work. At the end of the course, students will sit two separate online exams for reading and writing and two classroom-based assessments for speaking and listening.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
Progression would be to Level 2 Functional Skills English and could also be to selected vocational courses.

Attendance Mode
Part Time - Evening

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

Subject Area