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Functional Skills English

This course is designed for anyone who wants to improve their English skills for either the workplace or further study.

You will cover a variety of topics designed to help you improve your understanding of different texts and improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar. This will enable you to write confidently and effectively in a range of situations such as emails, letters and reports. You will also work on communication skills which are vital transferable skills for the workplace.

You can study your course in person at either our North Devon campus or our Tiverton campus.

N.B. Fees will apply if you have already achieved a grade A-C or 9-4.

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Select from the start date/s below…

Jun 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : PTB655M (2023)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 6 Weeks

Cost : * Total Fee £755

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : PTB655 (2024)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 10 Weeks

Cost : Free

North Devon Campus Apply

Course details


There are three assessed elements: a reading exam, a writing exam and speaking and listening assessment which consists of a presentation and a discussion.

Entry Requirements

You will sit an initial assessment to check if this is the right course for you.


Gaining Functional Skills English Level 1 can open up courses to you including Level 2 English as well as supporting you in progression in the workplace.


Q: Is there any funding available to help pay for my course?

A: Many of our courses are free to attend (subject to eligibility). If you do not have a Level 2 qualification in English the course will be free. We will carry out a fee assessment when you enrolment to establish if you meet this criteria.

Q. I have not studied for a while, what support will be available?

A. As well as support from your lecturer, you will also have access to our Adult Success Coach team. They can support you through the course by helping you to break down any barriers to learning and completing the course.

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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