English Awards

Functional Skills in English

Learn Direct will help you gain the essential skills you need to make communicating easier at work and at home, and you’ll get a qualification too. You’ll cover subjects such as: reading, writing, grammar and punctuation, spelling, vocabulary and speaking and listening.

You can also do different sized qualifications at each level, depending on your learning needs. This could mean your qualification might only need to cover a few subjects like spelling or writing. Or you may need to focus on a broader range of English subjects.


How will I learn?

You will need to enrol for your qualification through a Learn Direct centre – this means that you will receive face-to-face support from friendly staff. You can continue to work anywhere you have an internet connection. During your learning you will have regular progress reviews to make sure you’re on track.

The Learn Direct English award will help you apply your English skills in a practical way. It’s assessed through coursework, and once you’ve finished all your courses and completed your tasks and activities, your work will be assessed by City & Guilds to gain your qualification.

Alternatively, by taking the functional skills route, you will take an exam. Your tutor will help you with practice test activities to make sure you’re prepared. Exams are taken when you’re ready, so you don’t have to wait for a specific date.

How long will it take?

Learn Direct are flexible so it depends on your needs and circumstances. On average, it takes around three months to gain an English qualification but they will agree a target and date with you when you start.

How do I get started?

You may enrol by visiting the Learn Direct centre (Victoria House, 45-47 Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0DE). You can also call 01923 471120 or visit the Learn Direct website.

Thanks to government funding, Learn Direct English qualifications are free for most learners. They will confirm this with you before you start.

(text adapted from Learn Direct website)