Nothing. Functional Skills English courses are funded by the Government.
We run classes all across the city (17 different venues in total). We can usually find a class at a venue to suit you.
We run classes during the school term times. This academic year our term dates will be:
You can enrol on a class at any time during the year.
Classes are one session per week and we have them available every week day.
We have a crèche service available at some venues. If you need crèche, let us know when you enrol 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 bad you are at spelling or reading and writing, we can help you. We accommodate anything from absolute beginners up to GCSE level in our Functional Skills classes.
If English is not your first language, you will need to show that you have good basic English speaking skills (Entry Level 3).
Other than that, there are no formal entry requirements.
We offer 5 levels of Functional Skills English qualifications: including separate reading, writing, and speaking & listening exams.
The easiest is Entry Level 1, at beginners.
The hardest is Level 2, which is classed as equivalent to a GCSE Grade 4 (what used to be a Grade C).
To make sure we get you signed up to the right class, we need to meet you for an 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.
To arrange an assessment or if you have a question not covered here:
You will need to prove you are in the country legally (because otherwise we can't claim funding from the Government). To do this we need to see some ID.
We will also need your National Insurance Number.