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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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Adult Functional Skills English

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Functional Skills are the fundamental skills that you need for your working and personal lives. You can study for the qualifications in practical ways and apply core skills to real-life situations.

You will develop your reading and writing skills through topics that interest you. You will have the opportunity to use a computer and participate in whole-class activities, as well as working on your own with support. These courses will help you to gain a nationally recognised qualification in English.

The emphasis of this course is on improving practical communication skills that you already have so that you can gain the most from life, learning and work. The course includes a range of real life scenarios such as reading and writing instructions, articles, letters, e-mails and job applications. It will also detail practical strategies to revise and improve spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Our aim is to ensure that each learner is able to communicate effectively and develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. As part of the course you will learn the skills needed to communicate confidently, effectively and independently.

By supporting the practical development of your English skills, this will allow you to gain the most out of your work, education and day to day life.

How will I learn?

This course can be carried out a number of ways including:

  • At Stroud Campus - located in the Centre of Gloucestershire, surrounded by the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The campus is moments away from Stroud train station and easily accessible by bus. (where online students take the assessments and exams)
  • At Filton Campus - located in South Gloucestershire which is easily accessible from the city of Bristol by train (Bristol Parkway / Bristol Abbey Wood) and bus.

These courses are classroom based, with our core delivery lecturers who are
happy to help. Alongside this we have an English and Maths Skills Development department who can provide specific one to one support, advice and guidance pertaining to English and Maths.

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Entry Requirements

In order to enrol onto any Adult English & maths course, you will need to come into college and complete an informal assessment. The assessments are not exams - they are used to make sure we offer you the correct level of course, so that you progress successfully and achieve your qualifications. No course offers are made for Adult English & maths before an applicant completes an informal assessment.

We have assessment dates throughout the academic year. To book your place please use the department contact information below for the relevant campus.

Adult learners must be age 19 or over at the start of the course.

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Additional Information

For more information about this course please email [email protected] for Filton courses and [email protected] for Stroud courses.

Please be aware that some courses have fees that are payable on enrolment. More information on if this course has a fee can be found in the Availability section below.  

If you require financial support including payment plans, bursaries and advanced learner loans please visit the Money Management Service section of the website.

For more information on fees please view our Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy and our Applications, Admissions and Enrolment Policy and Procedures.

This course offers simpler and safer online enrolment requests, which means in a matter of minutes you can submit an enrolment request to us. However please be aware that upon submitting your enrolment form you are not guaranteed to be accepted. A number of our courses require assessments, qualification checks or simply a conversation with you before we can confirm your enrolment.

Within 24 hours of enrolment submission you will receive an automated email notification with information on what happens next. Please add [email protected] to your safe sender list. Most email providers allow you to do this withing settings/options. For full instructions simply use your chosen search engine to find instructions on how to make emails as safe.

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Course information last updated: Tuesday 21st March 2023 @ 8.03am (23 hours ago)

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AvailabilityCourses start at various times throughout the year. If you can't see a suitable date, please contact our
Customer experience team 0800 0567 253.

12th Sep 2022 - 29th Jun 2023
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Course fees explained

The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationery, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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