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English Functional Skills Developer : Level 1 at Gateway College

Course description

This course is about developing your language, literacy and learning skills. It is based around topics and activities designed to help you improve your reading and understanding, spelling, punctuation and grammar. You will become more confident in communicating with others in a range of everyday situations. You will be encouraged to read a book every week which will help you to improve your vocabulary and general knowledge. The Level 1 qualification in English is a requirement for most Level 2 vocational courses at Gateway College. Successful completion of this course leads to the English Pre-GCSE (Level 2).

Entry requirements

You will need a qualification at Entry 3 in Functional Skills English or ESOL.


You will take the Edexcel Functional Skills English assessment at Level 1 during the year. This qualification has three parts. In the Reading exam you will read two texts and answer questions about language, layout and purpose. In the Writing exam you will produce two pieces of writing, for example; a letter, an email, an article. There are two Speaking and Listening assessments: a formal group discussion and an informal group discussion.

Financial information

Free to all home students.

Future opportunities

This qualification will be recognised by employers and other colleges when you are applying for work or study.

Students can progress on to Level 2 Functional Skills.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please visit our website at or see our prospectus.

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: 06 October 2017
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