Adult Skills and Community Learning

Course content

This introductory non-accredited course is the first stage in your English learning journey at Adult Skills and Community Learning. It's designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in reading, writing, speaking, listening and communicating in English, so what you study will be appropriate to your needs and you’ll be able to progress onto a level of functional English that is right for you.

This course will enable you to:

Move into a Functional Skills English course where you can gain accreditation for your learning. Functional English courses are available at Entry level, where the emphasis is on developing practical, transferable skills in English, or at levels 1 and 2, where you'll learn how to apply your skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in other real-life situations.

You will also develop the following skills for work:

  • Being reliable – attending your sessions and meeting deadlines.
  • Being positive and meeting deadlines.
  • Being able to follow instructions accurately.
  • Being able to adapt the way you work, sticking with a task, even if things don’t go to plan.
  • Working as part of a team.

Course delivery 

  • 1 x 2 hour classroom based session with other learners.
  • At least one hour of individual homework tasks to be completed each week.
  • Weekly individual tutor support available by Teams, email and telephone.
  • Online BKSB resources and assessments for additional study and regular progress checks.

Entry requirements

You'll have already completed the following with Adult Skills and Community Learning:

  • Information Advice and Guidance and initial assessment on the BKSB software

The level that you study at will be determined by your initial assessment results.

Course fees

Free if you don't currently hold a GCSE Grade C or above/Grade 4 or above in English

How to apply


On successful completion of a Getting Started course you'll have the opportunity to progress onto another English course. Progression opportunities include: 

  • A functional English qualification. Course length is tailored to individual needs but most learners take up to one academic year. There are various examination sessions available during the year which can be booked when you are ready. 
  • A GCSE English qualification. This is a fast-paced course for learners who already have some English skills at level 2. Courses start in September and the three examinations are taken on fixed dates in May and June.  

The course tutor will complete a final review with you in the last session to discuss the skills you have developed and the opportunities open to you to progress. You can also attend an impartial Information Advice and Guidance support to help you plan your next steps to help you progress in your day-to-day life, into or at work.  

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