Functional Skills courses and qualifications focus on the English skills you need to carry out tasks for life and work, e.g. letter writing, giving a short talk or understanding and comparing information from different pieces of writing.
Qualifications are available across 5 levels: Entry 1, 2, 3 and Level 1 and 2. To pass a Functional Skills qualification you will have an assessment in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.
Functional Skills level 2 is often taken as an equivalent qualification to GCSE.
You need to have an assessment so we can find out the level you are currently working towards. Most of our assessments during 2020-21 are taking place online so you should have access to a laptop, PC or tablet.
Please register your interest for an English course online: www.coventry.gov.uk/adulted - ‘apply for a course’, choose the ‘I love English’ icon and then the option that best suits the course you want to do: for most people this will be the bottom option, ‘English’.
When you have completed the application, you will be contacted by an English manager to discuss the best time for your assessment. You may also be asked for your ID (please see below: ‘What do I need to have with me for the assessment?’)
At the assessment we will answer any questions you might have, find out what level of English you are starting from and then find a class that meets your needs.
If you have questions about the process or need a face to face interview and assessment, please telephone: 024 7683 2100 or email [email protected]
We need to check that you will be funded by the government for the course. To do this we need to see some ID.
We will also need your National Insurance Number.
Nothing. Functional Skills English courses are funded by the Government.
During 2020-21 most of our classes are running online through Microsoft Teams meetings. If you are not able to join an online course, when we can open venues there will be face-to-face classes following government guidelines for social distancing. We will talk with you about classes at a venue to suit you.
We run classes during the school term times.
Classes are one session per week at the following times (no evening classes on Friday):
We have a crèche service available at some venues. If you need crèche, let us know when you speak with a member of the English team and we will do our best to find you a suitable class.
You should have good basic English speaking skills, but it doesn't matter how confident you are at spelling or reading and writing, we can help you. We welcome absolute beginners up to GCSE level.
If English is not your first language, you will need to show that you have good basic English skills (Full Entry Level 3 or above).
There are no other formal entry requirements.
Yes. Please see "Functional Skills English classes" above.
If you have been diagnosed with dyslexia, or given extra time to do work at school or college, please discuss this with staff at enrolment.
For further information please contact Graeme Sutherland:
Telephone: 024 7697 2506
Email: [email protected]
If you need further information or would like to speak to someone, please email: [email protected] or phone Jane on 0247697 2524.