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

  • Make a range of contributions to discussions in a range of contexts, including those that are unfamiliar, and make effective presentations.

Reading

  • Select, read, understand and compare texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions

Writing

  • Write a range of texts including extended writing documents, communicating information, ideas and opinions, effectively and persuasively

Assessment

You will undertake practical assessments (lead a discussion and deliver a presentation) 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

Prior to commencing the course an invoice will be issued for the total course fee. There are, however, several payment options to choose from:

  • Full Fee:  Payment in full before the beginning of the course
  • Quarterly:  One payment prior to the start of the course followed by payments every three months thereafter
  • Monthly:  One payment prior to the start of the course followed by monthly payments thereafter

If you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, you will be able to continue to receive support and access to your course by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification of your award.

Course Fees

Full Fee Quarterly Monthly
£378 £189 every three months £63 per month

Awarding Body Fees*

City & Guilds fees: £29

* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, 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.

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