Adult Skills and Community Learning

Course content

This course is the first stage to your English journey. It's not accredited but will help you move towards an accredited course. It's designed to help you build your skills and confidence in  the English language. This includes reading, writing, speaking, listening and communicating. What you study will be catered to your needs. You’ll be able to progress onto a level of functional English that's 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. The emphasis here is on building practical, transferable skills in English. At levels 1 and 2, you'll learn how to apply your skills effectively to a range of purposes. This would be in the workplace and in other real-life situations.

You will also build 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. This will be with other learners.
  • At least one hour of homework tasks to be completed each week.
  • Weekly individual tutor help available. This would be over Teams, email and telephone.
  • Online BKSB resources and assessments for extra 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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