Getting ready for English Functional Skills (level 2)

Course Dates: 26/09/22 - 31/10/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Would you like to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers to show you have a good level of reading and writing and can speak well in a variety of situations. You must pass this short 'Getting Ready' course before joining the accredited Functional Skills Level 2. This short course will ensure you have the analytical skills and language awareness to complete the accredited course.
(Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).
You need to do an initial pre-course assessment face-to-face or online. Contact / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AEA402A

Available start dates 

Mon, eve, 26 Sep - 31 Oct '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course will give you an overview of what the Functional Skills Level 2 English qualification involves and ensure you have the means to progress onto the full accreditation. You will develop your formal discussion skills. You will practise reading and analysing level 2 texts such as factual pieces, opinion pieces, letters and emails to identify the main points, find details, recognise tone and purposes, and specify structure. You will develop your writing of different texts to ensure that your structure, layout, tone, style and content are appropriate and effective.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• identifying key elements of the Functional Skills L2 exam
• giving evidence to support your views in both speaking and writing about important, complex topics
• identifying key points made in both formal discussions and different types of writing about important topics
• identifying the tone and purpose in acts of speech and writing e.g. newspaper articles or work writing
• analysing the structures of different pieces of writing
• creating coherence in writing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• identify if you are ready for Level 2 Functional Skills both in language skills and commitment to the course
• give evidence to support your views in both speaking and writing especially about complex and important topics
• identify key points made in both formal discussions and different types of writing about important topics
• identify the tone and purpose in acts of speech and writing e.g. newspaper articles or work writing
• analyse the structures of different pieces of writing
• create coherence in writing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is to ensure you are ready for a Level 2 Functional Skills accredited course. You need to come to class every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course. You will need to pass this course before you can go the full accredited Level 2 course. If you do not, we will recommend other courses for you.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a lined A4 writing pads, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments. If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials). Access to a computer is needed.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

After this course, you can move to the L2 Functional Skills accredited course.

Other classes that will help you develop your English include:
• English communication skills - for life and work (level 1)
• Picture this: develop your English through art and photography (level 1)
• Develop your English for the workplace: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)

• Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• A mile in my shoes: how to tell a story (level 1-2)
• Develop your English: reading, thinking, discussing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing through grammar (level 1-2)

• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills in a business environment (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: how to make your writing clear, concise and organised (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: reading, analysing, and comparing data and text (level 2)

There are also many digital skills and maths courses you can do. Contact 020 7492 2511 / for more information. These include:
• Maths for life and work (foundation)
• Maths for life and work (level 1)

• Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
• Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully.

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