Teaching English Functional Skills (Level 5 module) (Code: C1484)

This Level 5 CPD course supports practitioners working with Functional Skills English learners. You will explore and experience how to engage and motivate learners and undertake assessment to build on their prior learning. It is designed to meet the needs of all parts of the sector, including independent training providers, offender learning and adult and community education.

Pricing options

£495 per person for attendance on an open course. 10% discount available for SET members.

A discount is available for onsite group bookings – contact us for details.


Online - October - December 2024
Date: 03/10/2024
Price: from £495.00
Booking Close Date: 03/10/2024
Session 1
Date: 03/10/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 2
Date: 10/10/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 3
Date: 17/10/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 4
Date: 24/10/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 5
Date: 07/11/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 6
Date: 14/11/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 7
Date: 21/11/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 8
Date: 28/11/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 9
Date: 05/12/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Session 10
Date: 12/12/2024 15:00 - 17:00
Enquire about running this course at your location
No suitable dates or locations? Please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

SET Membership


SET members are entitled to an exclusive 10% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

Who is this for?

This course is aimed at:

  • new teachers of Functional Skills English
  • experienced teachers who may have recently transferred from other areas, including vocational teachers and assessors
  • those who do not currently hold a subject-specific teaching qualification in English.

Training aim

The course will ensure that those responsible for teaching Functional Skills English are conversant with effective practice and have the confidence to teach Functional Skills English to learners with skills below Level 2 and support their achievement.


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • motivate and engage reluctant learners and address barriers to English learning
  • plan teaching and learning in accordance with the subject content for Functional Skills English
  • use active approaches to developing learner's skills in speaking, listening and communicating, reading and writing
  • contextualise and apply English to vocational learning and meaningful everyday situations
  • use assessment for learning approaches to support Functional English
  • prepare learners for the requirements of summative assessment.   



10 x 2 hour webinars delivered over 10 weeks (one session each week), a total of 20 hours plus independent study.

You will also be expected to engage in independent study in between facilitated sessions.

The sessions are

  1. Starting points: course introduction
  2. Cognitive Theory
  3. Varieties of English and spoken language
  4. Phonics and spelling
  5. Inclusion and accessibilty
  6. Reading and writing at Entry Level
  7. Critical reading and thinking
  8. Developing writing
  9. Planning for learning
  10. Reflection and next steps

Entry Requirements

An English qualification at level 2 or above. Employment in a teaching/training/assessing role in the post-16 education and training sector. Currently delivering functional skills English (or due to deliver imminently). Confirmation of support from your manager that you will be released to attend all sessions.

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