English, Functional Skills level 1

Functional Skills Level 1

This course will allow you to develop the reading, writing and speaking skills which are key in the world of work. You will learn how to find relevant information, how to distinguish between facts and opinions and how to summarise the key points of texts. You will practise writing emails, letters and reviews. You will take part in small group and whole class discussions and give at least one formal presentation.

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English Functional Skills level 1 AF-ENGLF1-D(0000)003

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (1 years)
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English Entry Level 3 or GCSE Grade 1 in English Language.

This Functional Skills Level 1 course at HSDC Alton involves three components:

  • Reading (1 hour exam)
  • Writing – (1 hour exam)
  • Speaking and Listening – (internally assessed)

At HSDC Alton, you will practise at least two components each lesson, such as reading and writing or reading and speaking. There will be many opportunities to discuss topics such as the pros and cons of social media or whether there should be harsher punishments for drunk driving, for example. You will be expected to complete a reading and writing assessment in class every half term and you will have tasks set to complete in your own time at least every two weeks. All resources and assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.

Reading and writing external exams in May. Speaking and Listening internally assessed by your teacher.

Students usually progress to an English Functional Skills Level 2 course or occasionally to a GCSE English Language course.

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