Functional Skills is often done as a starting point if you haven’t studied English for a while or for those who need qualifications to access an apprenticeship or a job. Functional Skills levels start with Pre-Entry, followed by Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 and then Level One and Level Two. Level Two is the highest Functional Skills qualification we offer. Level Two is seen by employers as working at the same level as Grade 4 GCSE (the old C grade).
The English Functional Skills exam has three parts – a reading exam, a writing exam and a Speaking and Listening assessment. You do not have to do all three parts at the same time, but you need to pass all three parts to achieve Functional Skills English.
If you are doing an ESOL course (English for Speakers of Other Languages) then you can take up to three modules – Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing. Each module is a separate exam and a separate qualification. You will be able to talk to your tutor about which modules to take and in what order.
You will need to look at your course guide, which will be on your email confirming booking, and check what equipment or books you need to have with you for your course. Please try and make sure that you have any required equipment before the first class.[/sm_column_text][sm_column_text]
We have very high levels of satisfaction. However, from time to time things do go wrong. If you are not satisfied with your course then please do one of the following:
Occasionally, classes have to be cancelled because of bad weather conditions. In adverse weather conditions it is not feasible for us to contact everyone, so please check before travelling. We will post information about closed classes on our website and via social media.[/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]
“Prevent” is one strand of the UK Government’s anti-terrorism strategy, designed to raise awareness of and report any behaviours which might be a sign that an individual is being radicalised or might adopt extremist ideas. We incorporate “Prevent” into our safeguarding arrangements designed to keep all of our learners safe.
People might become radicalised when they are vulnerable, through circumstances such as economic pressures, relationship breakdown or changes in family or personal situations. Of course, these are not in themselves signs that somebody will become radicalised, more that individuals in such situations are more vulnerable.
If you have a concern about an individual, then you should alert your tutor or another member of our staff who will know what to do next and be able to inform you of our procedure. Remember you are simply reporting a concern and it will be up to others, who have a wider understanding, to judge whether the information you provide is significant enough to act upon.
One of the best ways to avoid radicalisation is to build communities. We very much value the contribution that all of our learners and tutors make to this by working with and supporting each other, celebrating differences and respecting each others’ views.[/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]
Fortunately incidents of terrorist attacks are rare, but that is not to say that the threat of an attack should not be taken seriously. Therefore we are highlighting the advice of the UK Counter-Terrorism Police in the event of an incident:[/sm_column_text]
If you have a concern about any of this advice, including our Prevent strategy or how to keep safe in the event of an incident, please contact our Safeguarding and Prevent team on:
Health and safety is a shared responsibility. Outlined below is what we expect of you, and also what we will do to ensure that you are kept safe.
We ask you:
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We are committed to ensuring that all our learners are treated fairly and with respect. We hope to achieve this by:
If you do not feel safe or wish to make a report about another learner who you feel is in danger of being exploited, please contact our Safeguarding team. If you feel that an individual is in immediate danger, always phone the police.
Contact the Safeguarding team at SafeAtYorkLearning@york.gov.uk or 07798 660109[/sm_column_text]
‘Ask for Angela’ is the name of a campaign in that is used by bars and other venues across England, to keep people safe from sexual assault. If you feel that you are unsafe or threatened, during a class you can ‘Ask for Angela’. Your tutor will understand that this is a discreet codeword and that you are in an unsafe situation.[/sm_column_text]
The Help Me Signal or the Violence at Home Signal for Help) is a nationally recognised single-handed gesture that can be used by an individual to alert others that they feel threatened and need help over a video call, or in-person, without leaving a digital trace. Your tutor will recognise this sign and that you are in need of help.[/sm_column_text]
For information about other courses available across the city, including English, maths, IT or apprenticeships, or if you need advice and guidance about your long-term learning or employment prospects, please contact us on 01904 554277 or visit us at West Offices.
If you think you can only fully participate in your course with some extra support, please let us know. We might be able to help with:
Funding is available for learners on all of our accredited courses whose level of income might prevent them from completing a course. We will consider applications to fund:
For more information please contact our Learner Support Manager Jill Murphy on 07798 660109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.[/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]