Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is suitable for learners who want:

  • a formal functional English qualification
  • to become more confident with reading, writing and discussion skills

For learners for whom English is their second language, our English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses may also be suitable.

Length of course

The course varies in length, but most learners take 36 weeks to complete one level. You'll attend once a week for two hours.

Course content

The course will help you improve your English skills. It will be pitched at a level to suit your individual ability.

Topics may include:

  • developing discussion and presentation skills
  • spelling
  • using punctuation effectively
  • writing for different purposes
  • proof reading and correcting own writing

Course fees

Functional English courses are free for eligible learners.

How to apply

You need to book an appointment for a pre-course assessment before you can start the course, to make sure it's suitable for your needs.

At the appointment you'll be able to discuss your needs with one of our tutors and will also complete an English assessment. Depending on your ability the assessment can take 2 to 3 hours to complete.

Not sure if this is the right course for you?

Book an information and advice appointment so we can help you find the best course.

What you can do next

Gaining a formal qualification can help you to progress in work or go on to further education, for example one of our GCSE courses.


What our learners say

  • I have passed my assessments up to level 2 and this has helped me to do employment training in social care.
    Adult learner
  • It's inspired me to go on and do GCSE and other forms of further education.
    Adult learner
  • I am already in work but it has given me more confidence to aim higher.
    Adult learner
  • This course has helped me to build up my self-confidence. The tutor put us all at ease and explained things that I didn't understand.
    Adult learner