Supporting Functional Skills learners (English) (Code: C0883)

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course will help participants to develop a range of strategies to help learners studying for Functional Skills English level 1 and level 2. The course focuses on the key areas which examiners and tutors have identified as being areas learners find more challenging. The course will use a range of everyday texts, as used in the examinations, to explore how to develop learners reading and writing skills.

Pricing options

There are two pricing options.

1. Individual fees

• SET member: £85

• Non-SET member: £100

2. In-house

Get the maximum value from your CPD budget and run an in-house course at a date and time to suit. In-house course: £500

To book an in-house course please follow this link:


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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 a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

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.

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Who is this for?

This course is primarily aimed at subject specialist teachers of Functional English but it may also be of interest to other practitioners working in the post-16 sector who will be supporting the development of learners' Functional Skills, such as learning support assistants.

Training aim

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, the course focuses on developing a range of teaching and learning approaches relating to key areas which learners find challenging and which impact on their progress: vocabulary development, using effective sentences, spellings, accessing a text for information and developing their writing.


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Develop learners' knowledge of grammar to write effective, accurate sentences.
  • Help learners to write coherently and cohesively using planning approaches and paragraphs to create clear meaning and structure.
  • Use post-16 phonics approaches to support learners' spelling skills
  • Develop learners' vocabulary.
  • Help learners to access texts by designing a range of reading approaches which engage them and develop their reading skills.


This is a blended learning course, which consists of two 2-hour live sessions with self-led learning between them. The live sessions will be held at least one week apart, giving you a week to complete the mid-course tasks.

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