Good literacy skills are essential for the modern workplace and employers are increasingly looking for employees who are literate and can prove this with a relevant and up-to-date qualification.
English Functional Skills provides essential communication skills, knowledge and understanding to enable students to function confidently and effectively at work and in their everyday life. Born out of the demand from the CBI and supported by the government as part of their drive to ensure that the workforce has the necessary skills for the country to be competitive, English functional skills help learners to use what they have learnt in a practical way to be literate.
English Functional Skills are, therefore, about developing your ability to communicate effectively through speaking and listening, reading and writing which is then transferable to other areas of learning, life and work. This would include things like speaking and listening, reading and writing.
We can offer you a nationally recognised certificate at a course level that is right for you, instilling the skills that will enable you to gain the confidence and ability to use English both at work and at home.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All of Runway Training’s Functional Skills qualifications work in the same way. We work through the following steps:
- Initial Assessment
This is to find the level at which you are working.
- Diagnostic Assessment
This looks at different elements of the course and identifies which areas you are competent in and which areas require more work.
- Customised Individual Skills Plan (ISP)
Your ISP gives you information, practice quizzes and assessments, video clips and other resources to help your learning.
- Final Preparation Stage
This is a stage of the course tailored to the learners individual needs to help prepare for their final exam.
Each learner is assigned a tutor to provide support throughout the learning process and administer any necessary additional learning provisions to help the learner to achieve the chosen qualification.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The course content includes 3 distinct modules each of which are assessed separately. All tasks and assessments are based on practical real-life situations which you may encounter in your work or home life. They also include use of presentation skills as well as using grammar, spelling and punctuation correctly.
- Reading – reading a variety of different texts and interpreting and responding to the information.
- Writing – presenting information and ideas in your own words.
- Speaking and listening – taking part in a discussion, listening and responding to other people’s point of view, being able to present your ideas to a small group.
WHERE DO I STUDY?
You can study your course at home, in the workplace or anywhere you have an internet connection. Your course is available to you 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
With Runway Training offering a flexible approach and, with every learner receiving a tailor-made Individual Skills Plan, your tutor will help you to get qualified at a pace that suits your needs – the course consists of 30-50 hours of learning on average.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE LEAD TO?
Upon completion of Level 1 you could progress to the Level 2 Functional Skills qualification and from there many of our learners go on to further study. Level 1 is equivalent to a GCSE Grade D-E and a Level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE Grade C.
No specific entry requirements.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
To obtain the Functional Skills qualification you will need to undertake online paper tests for the Reading and Writing elements, with the Speaking, Listening & Communication exam assessed verbally.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost of our Functional Skills qualifications depends on whether or not you fit our funding criteria – please click the ‘Enquire About A Course’ icon at the top of this page to find out how we can help you.