Course overview

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 description

What we’ll cover

  • Ask concise questions using specific vocabulary and appropriate language.

  • Contribute to group discussions about a range of topics and interact with other people’s feelings and opinions.

  • Read a variety of different texts and identify the purpose and main points.

  • Expand and improve your understanding of grammatical structures including tenses and articles.

  • Learn to communicate your ideas clearly in writing and use a logical structure.

  • Use appropriate format and structure in written texts.

Entry 3 functional skills English courses teach you essential English skills for employment and learning. They are made by adults, for adults.

When you finish the entry 3 functional skills English course, you will have assessments in three areas. They are: Speaking, listening, and communicating, Reading, and Writing.

After, you can progress to level 1. There are “get ready” courses between each level to help you prepare for the next course.

Before you can enrol on this course, you’ll need to do a skills check. Don’t worry, this isn’t an exam. It’s for us to make sure you get on the right course for your level.

Our friendly team will contact you to start your skills check as part of your booking.

What to expect

This entry 3 English course for adults takes around 60 hours to complete.

Level 2 English functional skills courses are accepted as a GCSE equivalent for many jobs and courses. At level 2, they can help you do an apprenticeship, higher education course, or go to University.

Functional skills English courses are ideal for flexible learning. You can choose to take an in-person or online functional skills course. You can also do assessments online if you like.

To take this English course you need to have a digital device such as a computer or tablet. You’ll also need an internet connection. This is so you can access our digital learning platform, Canvas.

The WEA is an experienced adult English course provider. We want you to get the most out of your studies and open doors to opportunities. Our tutors and staff will help you with any needs you might have.

The WEA is committed to providing accessible adult education. Please let us know if you have any special requirements to do this course.

Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. Please note that you need to reach the end of the enrolment process to see the discounts.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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