This course will help students to improve their literacy skills. It leads to nationally recognised qualifications: Functional Skills English in Speaking & Listening, Reading, and Writing. Functional English Level 1 and Level 2, give students practical skills for the modern world and helps them get the most from life, learning and work. They are suitable for students who achieved a grade 2 or below at GCSE English or did not take GCSE at all. Functional Skills Level 2 is a qualification that is widely recognised by a number of apprenticeship providers.
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|AQA||Level 1/2||Foundation||Written Exam and In Class Assesment|
Functional Skills English helps students to develop the basic literacy skills of: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing .
Speaking and Listening is assessed by the teacher in class. For Level 1, students have to take part in a formal and an informal discussion. For Level 2, students also have to take part in a formal and an informal discussion, plus an informative or persuasive presentation. Discussion topics are wide-ranging and are usually chosen to cover topics from current affairs, college-related issues, and students’ own suggestions. The Level 1 and Level 2 exams can be taken twice a year (January and June), when the teacher and student feel that the latter is ready.
Both Reading and Writing exams last 45 minutes each and are usually taken on the same day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). The Reading exam has a range of questions, from multiple choice to some very short answer ones. The Writing exam consists of two questions, one where students have to produce a formal piece of writing (such as a business letter), and a less formal one (such as a notice, review, or advert). In both exams students are allowed and actively encouraged to use dictionaries. Students have the option to sit the Reading and Writing exam components separately. However, students will need to pass all three skills components (Speaking & Listening, Reading, and Writing) in order to gain a qualification in Functional Skills English. The course will be taught in four lessons a week. Students will have the opportunity to use computers regularly during the course. The lessons will cover reading a range of real life texts, such as newspaper / magazine articles, web pages, memos, letters / emails and leaflets, as well as writing practical texts such as formal letters, informative texts, and reports.
Career opportunities and further study
Successful completion of the Foundation course enables students to move on to an English GCSE course.
Functional Skills Level 2 is a qualification that is widely recognised by a number of apprenticeship providers.
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