Teaching learners how to plan and write non-fiction text for GCSE and Functional Skills exams (Code: C1279)

Many of the learners in our sector begin their English courses with little confidence in their writing ability. This course explores the difference between writing for GCSE and Functional Skills. Also, the process of writing, developing ideas, turning ideas into plans, developing detail and preparing for writing is examined through a range of activities. In addition, we look at a range of integrated skills activities which help learners to evaluate their non-fiction writing skills and explore ways in which they can improve and refine specific aspects of their written work.


Online - August
Date: 31/08/2022
Price: no charge
Session 1
Date: 31/08/2022 15:00 - 17:00
No suitable dates or locations? Please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

Who is this for?

This course is for teachers who teach GCSE, Functional Skills English or other tutors and support staff who need to support the development of learners' English skills.

Training aim

To explore a range of activities designed to help learners plan, develop ideas and prepare non-fiction writing tasks in GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications.


On this course, you will:

  • compare aspects of the non-fiction writing process which your learners find difficult with feedback from GCSE and FS examiners' reports.
  • investigate how an integrated skills approach can be used to help learners identify which aspects of the writing process they are comfortable with and which need to be built on further.
  • evaluate a range of activities used to both demonstrate the value of planning and encourage its practice.
  • explore a number of activities designed to help learners develop structure and coherence across a range of different text types.

By the end of this course, you will be able to plan learning opportunities which help learners to explore aspects of non-fiction writing, identify what they need to work on and which approaches will help them improve.


Two hours.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830
E: enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk