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English Functional Skills at Harrogate College

Course description

These courses are for anyone wishing to improve their skills and confidence in English. Whether your skills are at a very basic level, or if you are brushing up after a break from study, one of these classes will be suitable. 

Many of our students have not had the chance to gain GCSE English and we can offer an equivalent qualification.

If you are on another course in college and would like extra help or support with your English, this is available.

Course content

You will work on your own individual English programme, at your level and at your own pace, within a small group.  We can help with course work if you are studying, or support you with your own work/personal needs.  You can practise spelling, punctuation, grammar, reading skills and many other skills - all at your level.  You will have an opportunity to use computers as part of your learning if you wish. (Don’t worry if this is new to you!)

You will have an assessment at the start of the course to give us an idea of your level. This is not a test, just a means of finding out what you can already do. After that, you will be assessed as you go along. 

Students working towards Level 1 and 2 sit an exam when they are ready. Students at Entry level will do classroom-based assessments to gain a qualification.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. Anyone who does not have an A-C pass in GCSE is welcome to join. We will assess your skills when you start and make sure you are placed in the right group.

Financial information

English qualifications are generally free for all. If you have a GCSE grade C or above you may have to pay a fee

Future opportunities

Many of our students use these courses as stepping stones into further or higher education. Others want to improve their confidence in the workplace, or may have their own personal reasons for improving their literacy skills, such as helping their children with homework.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 April 2016
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    • Harrogate College offers you a wide range of exciting courses to enable you to reach your career potential. The College has a reputation of offering a range of vocational opportunities meaning that you can choose a course that’s right for you, which will develop skills that today’s employers are looking for.

      Working with local businesses and organisations provides students with the opportunity to work on live projects to demonstrate ‘real’ work experience and develop your Curriculum Vitae as well as gain a nationally recognised qualification.

      The College provides outstanding student support including careers advice, course information, guidance and support, and counselling, there is always someone available to listen and help you. Harrogate College also offers a range of social activities designed to help you make the most of your leisure time while you study at the College.