York College

Who is this course aimed at?

This course aims to help people who would like a Functional Skills qualification in English or who would like to do a GCSE but haven’t been in education for some time. We can help you develop your English skills prior to a GCSE course

Overview of the course

Improving knowledge of English will help students get jobs, gain promotion and generally improve their skills in the workplace.

We encourage students to reach their potential as quickly as possible. There are dedicated Level 2 Functional Skills English classes that offer focussed work and can lead to progression to fast track GCSE English in January.

Entry Requirements

You do not need formal qualifications but you would be expected to have an assessment interview to place you on the correct level course.

If you have previously gained a Functional Skills English qualification, you can enrol to the next level.

Dates and Course Durations

Improving English - September (Day) – 23rd Sep 2021 – 23rd Jun 2022, Thursdays, 9.30am – 12pm, 33 weeks

Improving English - September (Eve) – 22nd Sep 2021 – 22nd Jun 2022, Wednesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 33 weeks

Level 2 English - September (Aft) – 20th Sep 2021 – 27th Jun 2022, Mondays, 12.30pm – 3pm, 32 weeks

Level 2 English - September (Eve) – 20th Sep 2021 – 27th Jun 2022, Mondays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 32 weeks

Level 2 English - January (Eve) – 20th Jan 2022 – 23rd Jun 2022, Thursdays, TBC, 33 weeks

English & Maths Workshop - September (Day) – 24th Sep 2021 – 24th Jun 2022, Fridays, 9.30am – 12pm, 32 weeks

English & Maths Workshop – Summer (Day) – 3rd Aug 2021 – 31st Aug 2021, Tuesdays, TBC, 5 weeks

Course Modules/units

You will have the opportunity to improve:

Writing: spelling, grammar, punctuation and types of text

Reading: skimming, scanning and for detail

Speaking, listening and communication: discussions, presentations, following instructions

Study Method

The course is delivered by experienced tutors using a variety of interesting resources.

We will work with you to identify the things you need to work on in order to achieve your goals. Sessions are friendly and fun and allow you to work at your own pace.


There are two written exams (one Reading, one Writing) and a speaking and listening assessment. Functional Skills exams can be taken at regular times throughout the course, when you are ready.

Course Fees

For most people the course will be FREE as they are funded by the government. However, if you already have a GCSE grade C/4 or above in this subject, are studying for a higher education qualification, or haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the past three years, there may be a fee.

Additional costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course progression

Successful completion of these courses will generate a deeper understanding of functional English, developing communication skills, written work and analytical reading skills

Career progression

You will be equipped with the basic skills and knowledge in English to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests.

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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