Pre-GCSE English (Functional Skills)
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 1 Hele Road Centre See below See below Varies Varies FREE (see below) None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course is excellent preparation for GCSE and is ideal for anyone needing to improve their spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and grammar.  You will take two online exams – one in reading and one in writing and your speaking and listening skills will also be assessed by your teacher.

The dates for this course are:

Mon 16-Sep-19 to 29-Jul-20 - 18:00 - 20:30
Tues 17-Sep-19 to 30-Jun-20 - 10:00 - 12:30
Wed 18-Sep-19 to 01-Jul-20 - 10:00 - 12:30
Wed 18-Sep-19 to 01-Jul-20 - 18:00 - 20:30


Applicants must be fluent speakers of English and bilingual learners should have achieved ESOL, Level 2 in reading and writing or be assessed as working at that level.  To study this course you will need to be physically and mentally well and able to cope with the regular commitment of a once a week class and capable of some independent study.


What topics will I study?

Topics are based around everyday situations such as travel, leisure, community life, personal identity and other matters that will be of interest to a specific group.  The aim is to improve both reading and writing skills for working and personal life.

What are the entry requirements?

ESOL Level 2 Reading and Writing for bilingual learners or Entry Level 3 for native speakers.

What facilities are there?

Suitable classrooms with computers and access to the college learning resource centres.

What can the course lead on to?

Are there any additional costs?

This is a FREE course but please note, a fee of £724 applies to ineligible adults from outside the EU.

What do our students think?

My teacher supported me well and it was good being in a small class to build my confidence.”

I have learnt a lot on this course and now feel ready to take GCSE English…”

It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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