Study Type
Part Time
Start Date:
1 lesson (2 hours) a week over 36 weeks

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

This Functional Skills programme is suitable for those who would like to work towards achieving an accredited Functional Skills qualification.

Functional skills English is a part-time course for students who want to develop their English skills but who are not quite ready for GCSE. Functional Skills English aims to help students develop a range of English skills that can be applied to different scenarios.

If you are not sure about the suitability of this course, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.

Who the course is for

Anyone who already has a solid foundation of English but would like to improve this further.

Good English skills can be life enhancing, improve your job prospects and support your studies if you are planning to continue into further education.

What you will learn

Functional Skills are the fundamental English skills that people need to help them achieve their best in their working and personal lives, applying core skills to real-life situations. 

How you will learn

Our weekly 2-hour classes are held at a variety of times/days including evenings on site at the college. We will direct you to relevant resources available to you outside of the classroom. To gain the qualifications you need, regular attendance is essential.

The College and our experienced team will support you throughout your studies.

Work placement
The Functional Skills qualification is recognised by an increasing number of universities and employers and aims to equip students with the essential English skills needed to use in everyday life and work. We do recommend that if you are planning to go to university that you contact them to confirm that they will accept this qualification.
The course is free for anyone who has not yet achieved a Grade 4 (C) or above.

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