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Adult Functional English

If you want to improve your English skills or start working towards a nationally recognised qualification, this is the course for you. It may be taken alongside other courses or as a preparation for a vocational course. Study will cover reading, writing, speaking and listening and you will work to your own Individual Learning Plan at your own pace. The course delivers English skills in an adult context.


The Adult Functional English course covers everyday word skills like reading and understanding texts, such as forms, newspapers, applications, letters and other forms of written information. Some features of writing such as spelling, punctuation and grammar are also covered. Tutors are highly qualified and experienced specialists who design your own Individual Learning Plan and use a variety of teaching techniques to suit your learning style. The Certificate in Adult English course will give you:* Pride in gaining a nationally recognised qualification* A qualification for your CV, job applications or college applications* Extra confidence* A sense of achievement* The ability to progress.


Teaching is delivered using accelerated learning principles and the learning environment supports both individual and group work in a classroom environment. Activities include active learning and the use of ICT in the classroom where appropriate.

Course Leader profile

Ann Jack

Ann began her working life as a cadet nurse and later undertook nurse training, qualifying in 1978. As a mature student, she studied A’ level Sociology, achieved her BA(Hons) in Social Studies, and then joined Calderdale College in 1993.

As a support worker, initially, she had the privilege of experiencing learning from a student’s point of view and helped individuals with a range of difficulties, such as dyslexia, deafness, autism, etc. Indeed, she undertook a WYNCON course in dyslexia.

As a tutor, Ann studied ICT achieving the ECDL. She holds a PGCE, a Literacy specialism (Level 4), and a Post-Graduate Certificate in PCET (Level 5). She keenly follows educational changes in the area of literacy, through to the current developments in Functional Skills. Presently, she is studying an Enhancement Programme for tutors of English and holds a Learning Coach post. Ann particularly enjoys helping adults to build their self-confidence and to realise their own potential. Experienced at teaching English for all ability levels, up to L2, she is an avid promoter of reading – believing this is an essential life-skill for progression. She is also a passionate supporter of rugby league, both the domestic Super League, and the NRL in the Southern Hemisphere, admiring the hard work and determination of these players.

Entry Requirements

An initial assessment will determine entry onto the right level course. Additional Assessment for Learning will take place during the two week course induction to ensure that learners are on the correct level to suit their skills, ability and previous learning.

Interview Process

You will participate in an interview with a specialist tutor who will include an initial assessment that includes discussion, reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Questions & Answers

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Yes. Certificate in Functional English awarded by City and Guilds

How is the course assessed?

Progress is monitored closely and assessed regularly through coursework and review of the Individual Learning Plan. Learners will also complete practice assignments and the course is formally assessed by externally marked assignments for reading and writing at Levels 1 and 2 (online/paper-based) and by formal assignment at all 3 entry levels, L1 & L2 speaking and listening - which are all marked internally.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

GCSE English, Vocational courses that require English skills.

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day) and Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: January 2018
  • Hours per week: 3 hours per week
  • Days: Mornings/Afternoons/Evenings
  • Start Time: 9.00 (am) or 12.30 (pm) or 18.00 (eve),
  • End Time: 12.15 (am) or 15.45 (pm) or 20.30 (eve)
  • Course Fees: This course is Free
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: English and Maths, Skills for Life
  • Department Manager: .


  • Level: Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2
  • Qualification Name: Adult Functional English
  • Awarding Body: City and Guilds

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