Free English functional skills courses* 

Many jobs ask you to have good English skills. If you don’t have an English GCSE, it can sometimes hold you back from getting the job you really want. A functional skills qualification boosts your skills and builds confidence in English.  

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Skills for communication - reading, writing and listening

Advance your reading, writing and listening skills. Grow your vocabulary and refresh your knowledge of grammar. Functional skills qualifications builds you up the next level of your work or education.  

This isn’t like being back at school. You’ll gain communication skills that you’ll use in everyday life or work.  

Learn how to read official letters and complete complicated forms with ease. Study how to communicate and present your ideas clearly. Help the kids with their homework. Improve your public speaking. 

A different approach to learning

You’ll learn in small classes, with supportive tutors who can tailor teaching to your individual needs. If you're looking for courses that are free but have great teaching, learn with us. Start your journey today and work up to your functional skills English level two qualification. 

Improving your writing and reading skills as an adult opens the door to new opportunities. 

A practical qualification

Gain the qualification and confidence needed to get into good jobs or go on to further education. Want to get functional skills English and maths qualifications together? Book yourself onto a maths course as well. 

*Over 90% of applicants for skills courses do not need to pay a fee. Subject to status - courses are free for unemployed people, job seekers and people on low wage. If you do not qualify you will be alerted during the application process.

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Functional Skills Qualification in English (Entry 3)

Continue developing your English skills to open doors to work and study opportunities. This entry 3 functional skills course helps you learn English skills employers look for. Gain practical skills to improve your reading, writing, and verbal communication in English. Strengthen your writing skills and learn reading techniques to help you tackle everyday situations at work or while studying. This adult English course helps you develop your language skills through real-life situations. Functional Skills entry 3 is a government-funded accredited English course for adults. Functional Skills qualifications are free if you don't already have a GCSE in English or Maths at grades A*-C, or 4-9. We'll check your level and any previous qualifications before you start. This ensures you are on the correct course. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
9:15am - 11:15am
Duration:
27 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00014347
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Pre-Entry ESOL : Basic ESOL English Conversation Class

26th March 10.00am - 12.00pm we will be running a 'Booking day' to support learners applying for and enrolling on these courses. This beginner to pre-intermediate ESOL English conversation course will help you to communicate basic ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. The course will run Tuesdays from 10.00am-12.00pm with our lovely Teacher Jane Perrin. Classes will be held in St Richards Church and Community Hall over a 6 week period with a view to running further courses later - so a great chance to get registered to learn with the WEA! You will practise reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
St Richards Community Centre (Hove)
Egmont Road
Hangleton
Hove
BN3 7FP
Tutor:
Jane Perrin
Course code:
Q00013844
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Pre-Entry ESOL: Everyday ESOL

This intermediate to advanced course will help you to communicate your ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar, including present, future and past tenses as well as present perfect. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. This course is ideal for English Language learners with some level of confidence and experience in speaking and understanding English. You will be in a mixed group of intermediate to advanced learners and will have the opportunity to practice your English in a number of different situations.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 02/05/2024 -
Thu 11/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Worthing Library Committee Room (Worthin
Richmond Road
Worthing
BN11 1HD
Tutor:
Jane Perrin
Course code:
Q00014591
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Entry Level ESOL : Everyday ESOL

This intermediate to advanced course will help you to communicate your ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar, including present, future and past tenses as well as present perfect. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. This course is ideal for English Language learners with some level of confidence and experience in speaking and understanding English. You will be in a mixed group of intermediate to advanced learners and will have the opportunity to practice your English in a number of different situations.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 02/05/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Honeycroft Centre (Hove)
St. Barnabas Hall
Sackville Road
Hove
BN3 3WF
Tutor:
Alice Lynden
Course code:
Q00014594
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £113.40

WEA Membership

For just £15 a year, you can:

  • Join our popular, award-winning weekly lecture series,
  • Access an archive of over 100 past lectures,
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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Pre-Entry Level ESOL: Everyday ESOL

This beginner to pre-intermediate course will help you to communicate basic ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practise reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. If you have little to no experience speaking and learning English - this is the course for you. We have an experienced and professional tutor who will offer you the guidance, support and practice needed to improve your English language ability. The classes will be relaxed, informal and friendly - a safe space to meet new people and learn new skills. If you lack confidence in your English language skills and wish to improve - please sign up for our course.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 07/05/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
Crawley Town Centre
Crawley
RH10 6HG
Tutor:
Gabriella Russo
Course code:
Q00014584
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Pre-Entry Level ESOL: Everyday ESOL

This intermediate to advanced course will help you to communicate your ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar, including present, future and past tenses as well as present perfect. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. This course is ideal for English Language learners with some level of confidence and experience in speaking and understanding English. You will be in a mixed group of intermediate to advanced learners and will have the opportunity to practice your English in a number of different situations.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 07/05/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
Crawley Town Centre
Crawley
RH10 6HG
Tutor:
Gabriella Russo
Course code:
Q00014586
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Entry Level ESOL: Everyday ESOL

This intermediate to advanced course will help you to communicate your ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar, including present, future and past tenses as well as present perfect. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. This course is ideal for English Language learners with some level of confidence and experience in speaking and understanding English. You will be in a mixed group of intermediate to advanced learners and will have the opportunity to practice your English in a number of different situations.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 07/05/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Jubilee Library
Jubilee Street
Brighton
BN1 1GE
Tutor:
Alice Lynden
Course code:
Q00014593
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £113.40

Level 1 English: Everyday English

This intermediate to advanced course will help you to communicate your ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar, including present, future and past tenses as well as present perfect. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. This course is ideal for English Language learners with some level of confidence and experience in speaking and understanding English. You will be in a mixed group of intermediate to advanced learners and will have the opportunity to practice your English in a number of different situations.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Jubilee Library
Jubilee Street
Brighton
BN1 1GE
Tutor:
Jane Perrin
Course code:
Q00014512
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Get ready for English Functional Skills Level 2

Welcome to "Get Ready for Functional Skills English Level 2"! This engaging course is designed to prepare learners for the City and Guilds Functional Skills English Level 2 exam. With a focus on practical English skills, our experienced instructors guide you through reading, writing, speaking, and listening exercises that are both fun and educational. Whether you're looking to improve your English for personal growth or professional advancement, this course will help you gain confidence and competence in English.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
16 sessions
Location:
Malcolm X Community Centre (BRISTOL)
141 City Road
St Pauls
BRISTOL
BS2 8YH
Tutor:
Aleksandra Novikova
Course code:
Q00013921
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Entry Level English ESOL : Everyday ESOL

This intermediate to advanced course will help you to communicate your ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar, including present, future and past tenses as well as present perfect. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. This course is ideal for English Language learners with some level of confidence and experience in speaking and understanding English. You will be in a mixed group of intermediate to advanced learners and will have the opportunity to practice your English in a number of different situations.

Course Information

Dates:
Sun 02/06/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Saint Peter's Church Hall (Hove)
Tamworth Road
Hove
BN3 5GD
Tutor:
Alice Lynden
Course code:
Q00014588
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £63.00