ASSESSMENT IS NEEDED BEFORE JOINING THIS COURSE. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CENTRE TO BOOK A TIME.
This is a course leading to a Functional Skills (FS) qualification. Functional Skills courses can be joined
at any time of the year, although classes start in September. Course levels start from Entry Level 1 and
progress to Level 2.
Functional Skills English classes help you gain the skills to plan and write letters, emails and reports for
work, focusing on spelling, grammar and punctuation and how to formulate your written work so that it
flows logically and sequentially. The course is assessed by two written examinations and these take
place throughout the year. There is also a speaking and listening examination that will be done in the
Functional Skills maths classes cover the skills for everyday tasks, or those required at work.
These skills include measuring distances, calculating areas for home decoration and improvement,
calculating cooking times for recipes, understanding payslips and work rotas. The course is assessed
by one written examination.
Further information regarding the course specification can be in obtained from your tutor once you have
been placed into a class.
Please note: this course will require an initial assessment, regular attendance, a high level of
commitment and at least two hours of home study per week as set by the tutor.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Abbi Vallance
Abigail Vallance is a qualified English and maths tutor who has worked in Adult Education for years. With a wealth of experience in delivering to groups of all levels, especially 16-18 year olds, she provides in-depth learning and self-study for all learners, providing information and guidance on such topics as initial assessment, examinations and extra support.
How will I be taught?
The course will be taught in a friendly but focused atmosphere, where your individual needs are
catered for. Your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles
and ensure that you achieve your full potential. Teaching and learning are carried out through formally
taught sessions, discussion, group work, and supported with role play, task sheets and resource books,
practice papers, home study, feedback and evaluation.
What do I need to bring with me?
Notebook, pens, pencils and a folder as you will be required to keep a folder of your work.
What can I do next?
This course can enable you to progress to higher levels of Functional Skills* (if appropriate) and
GCSE* (if appropriate) or other study with Kent Adult Education. Specialist advice is available from
your tutor to help you identify the best course for you. Please check www.kentadulteducation.co.uk for
* Access to higher level courses might be subject to initial assessment.
What do I need to join the course
At the first session of the course, the tutor will set out the commitment necessary to pass your
Functional Skills examination. Functional Skills is suitable if you are seeking employment or career
advancement, wishing to help your children with school work or just looking for a new challenge. It is
also a valuable stepping stone if you want to study GCSE in the future. Please note that you should be
able to follow spoken and written instructions, read handouts/exercises and take part in group
Getting to your course
Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TON/123575/M/FF.
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