Teaching Functional Skills English Level 5 CPD module

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

Pricing options

There are three pricing options:

1. Individual fees

  • SET member: £340
  • Non-SET member: £400

2. Hosting

If you want to host the course for up to 10 of your own delegates, with the other places open to external participants, the cost is £2,600.

3. In-house

If your organisation is interested in hosting a course at a time and venue to suit you, the cost for an in-house course for up to 16 delegates is £3,680.

If you are interested in attending a course as an individual please register your interest here and we will let you know when a course becomes available in your area.


Date: 11/01/2019
Price: from £400.00
All free places taken
Date: 29/01/2019
Price: from £400.00
All free places taken
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Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book as normal. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet and then click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% 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 course for?

This course is aimed at both new teachers of Functional Skills English, and those already teaching but possibly recently transferred from other areas, including vocational teachers and assessors. It is particularly suitable for those who do not currently hold a subject-specific teaching qualification in English. It is designed to meet the needs of all parts of the sector, including independent training providers, offender learning and adult and community education. 

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 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 new 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.

Length of the course

Five full days, usually spaced about a week apart, with online contact in between. 

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 in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. 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: bookingsupport@etfoundation.co.uk