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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 3.00

Start: 12/09/2016

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Why should I take this course?
 

  • Learn at your own pace in a friendly and relaxed environment
  • Gain the confidence to learn and work effectively and  independently
  • Improve your reading and writing skills
  • Build your future employability skills

Classes are usually small, with approximately ten learners all working in a friendly and relaxed environment

Entry requirements

Functional Skills will be available from Entry Level 3 to Level 2.

Course Content

Gaining this qualification will make you competent in:

  • Writing documents on complex subjects (by hand and electronically)
  • Communicating (both individually and within a group)
  • Understanding and following written instructions
  • Accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation so that meaning is clear
  • Formal letter writing
  • Writing an email
  • Reading and summarising information succinctly from different sources
  • Creating effective presentations in different contexts

All of these skills will really help when it comes to applying for a job or studying at university.

How will I be assessed?

At the start of the course you will be assessed to find out what you need to learn. You will then agree an individual learning plan appropriate to your situation and needs. You will be assessed informally throughout the course to check on your progress. 

Qualifications are obtained by completing:

  • A reading and writing assessment
  • A speaking and listening assessment
  • An individual presentation (Level 2 only)

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is no fee for Functional Skills classes.

What can I do after this course?

Gaining Functional English will help you in any future course of study that you may be considering. For individuals wishing to move into Higher Education, Level 2 is accepted for entry to a range of courses (check with course providers for information on specific courses).

Employers consider Functional Skills to be essential in the workplace so achievement of a Level 1/2 qualification will give you an advantage in the job market.

For a confidential chat about your own learning needs, please contact the Adult English and Maths Team on 01332 387465. 

 

* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis

Former carer Steph passes five courses to target teaching career

A long-time carer with elderly people has forged a new career in the classroom with deaf youngsters after passing five separate courses at Derby College. Dedicated Stephanie Davis, 47, switched direction after 20 years and joined Derby's Royal School for the Deaf as a residential worker in 2008. Now she has gained a string of qualifications, passing Functional Maths at Level 1 and 2 and Functional English at Level 1, as well gaining NVQs in working with children in a residential setting and as a teaching assistant. Now Stephanie, from Mackworth, is studying for Functional English Level 2 and aiming to go on to study for a High Level Teaching Assistant qualification at Level 4. Promoted to Senior Teaching Assistant (Teaching Support), Stephanie says that could be a stepping stone towards her dream job as a teacher at the school. Previously she gained qualifications with Derby College, in Community Care and Caring for the Elderly.

Stephanie said: "Every step of the way I've been supported by the college. I'm not a natural at English but the college has given been brilliant and helped my confidence no end."

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