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English Functional Skills at NewVIc

Course description

A good understanding of the English Language will help you to get the qualifications for the job that you want. This is an intensive programme which equips learners with practical skills for GCSE English Language, work and everyday life.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • improving your ability to write in different styles and formats, in standard English
  • developing your reading and understanding skills
  • developing your speaking and listening skills

On the course you will:

  • select, read, understand and compare texts
  • use different texts to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions
  • write a range of texts, including extended written documents, communicating
  • information, ideas and opinions, effectively and persuasively

Entry requirements

There is no formal qualification required for Level 1. For Level 2, you will need to have achieved at least a grade 3 in GCSE English Language or Functional English Level 1 or equivalent.


This course involves both oral and written work, and you will be assessed on both of these elements. At the end of the course, you will sit two examinations, one for reading and one for writing. The speaking and listening assessment will be completed by the teacher at the college under examination conditions. You must complete all three of these units to achieve a pass at Level 1 or 2.

Further information

This is an intensive course and you will be required to work hard throughout the year. We expect a high level of attendance, and you will therefore be asked to sign a functional English learning contract at the beginning of the year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NewVIc directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.