Course overview

Functional Skills are ideal if you wish to get ahead and up skill for progression in the workplace or prior to enrolling onto a higher level programme.

You will learn English and communication skills required in everyday life, education and work.

Key Facts

  • Attendance: You will not attend College for tuition, instead you will work through the course materials on your own with telephone and email support from an allocated Distance Learning Tutor.  All resources, support and assessment will be provided online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will, however, be required to attend a City & Guilds examination centre to complete the online examination; this can be arranged near to your home where possible.
  • Duration: Six months
  • Start Date: You may start this programme at any time during the year.
  • Location: This online distance learning programme can be studied anywhere in the UK.

Course content

Over the course of the qualification you will look at:

Speaking, listening and communication

  • Take full part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects


  • Read and understand a range of straightforward texts


  • Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions, using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience


You will undertake practical assessments (two discussions) and pass two online examinations (one reading and one writing examination). You will be required to attend a City & Guilds examination centre to complete the online examinations; these can be arranged near to your home where possible.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements.

Course fees

Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

£360 or £60 per month plus £29 Awarding Body Fees.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

We offer two different payment options; our ‘Annual Fee Scheme’ or our ‘Pay as You Learn’ monthly payment scheme. Details on both of these payment options can be found here.

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page.

Before making any change in your financial undertakings it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location etc., and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

What next?

Achieving this qualification will increase your confidence and motivation. The key skills you gain will be valuable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Professionally, undertaking a qualification that demonstrates English and communication skills to employers can give you a competitive edge in the jobs market, meaning that more jobs and opportunities for promotion may become available to you.

Functional Skills form a vital part of all apprenticeship frameworks in England and can, in some cases, be used to progress onto high level programmes of study. Once you have completed this qualification you may wish to undertake a Functional Skills qualification in maths.