In Focus: Functional Skills English for Adults

Many families choose to emigrate from their home countries to the UK for many different reasons. As mentioned in a previous post, one popular reason is schooling, as the UK consistently ranks high in global surveys in terms of quality of education, given the universities’ extensive choice of courses, research-proven curricula, and the country’s safe and conducive living and learning environments.

Apart from education, another common reason why people decide to relocate to the UK is employment. For one, the UK is home to the sixth largest economy in the world, and thus appeals to graduates and professionals. In addition, the UK has a low unemployment rate, which, understandably, influences people from different parts of the world to consider the United Kingdom for their career and stability.

When foreigners do decide to move to the UK for employment, one important thing to consider is language. In particular, foreign nationals whose first language is not English will have to make sure that they are equipped with the necessary English language skills to be able to proficiently work in their chosen field. Needless to say, UK employers will only employ those who can effectively communicate with colleagues and clients, understand instructions, and, ultimately, use the English language in a productive and proficient manner in the workplace.

If you are looking to work in the UK, one way to ensure that you possess the required English language skills is by taking the Functional Skills English for Adults course.


Read on below to learn more about the programme!


What is the Functional Skills course?

As can be surmised from the term, the Functional Skills course is a programme that equips learners with skills that are considered fundamental in working and day-to-day living. Unlike in other courses such as those offered in universities where the approach is more formal and scholarly, the Functional Skills course focuses on practical skills. Thus, the primary objective is for the learner to develop core skills and apply them in real-life situations.


What is Functional Skills English for Adults?

For the Functional Skills English for Adults course in particular, the emphasis is on improving adults’ practical communication skills–skills that most of us already have but may be further honed to be more productive at work and in life.


Functional Skills English for Adults targets an adult’s Speaking, Listening and Communication, Reading, and Writing skills. To see improvement in these core language skills, different learning activities are done such as:

  • Writing letters and emails
  • Writing and understanding instructions
  • Revising (with focus on spelling, punctuation, and grammar)
  • Reading articles
  • Engaging in discussion on varied topics
  • Giving presentations


What are the benefits of enroling in a Functional Skills English for Adults course?

If you are a foreign national whose first language is not English, you will definitely benefit a lot from taking Functional Skills English for Adults classes. The following are just some of the advantages when you apply:

Many ESL (English as a Second Language) learners do not have the confidence to use the language, especially when transacting or communicating with native English speakers. When you complete the Functional Skills English for Adults programme, you will be trained to use English confidently, whether for work or for day-to-day activities.

To emphasise, one of the most important requirements for UK employment is the ability to use the English language clearly and effectively. Functional Skills English for Adults prepares you for that. Thus, when you take and finish the course, it will give you the edge and advantage as opposed to other job applicants, and you will likely impress your potential employer, too.

Apart from employment, Functional Skills English for Adults trains you for real life scenarios, so that at the end of the programme, you will be able to carry out dealings with other people independently and effectively. To note, the focus of this course is to develop skills that are fundamental not only in the workplace, but also for day-to-day living, where, most of the time, you will be unassisted.

Upon completion of the programme and after passing the examination, you will receive a certificate showing your achieved level. Of course, being able to finish and pass the Functional Skills English for Adults course is an amazing feat, and you deserve to be credited for that! If you are applying for a job, this certification is something that would help you stand out among the group.

It is worth noting at this point that the Functional Skills qualifications are, in fact, nationally recognised qualifications that can open many doors and provide many opportunities for you in the future.


How do I apply?

If you are interested, you may take the course with us at Private English Class.


Reserve a spot now by sending us an email at office@privateenglishclass.co.uk. We will get back to your message as soon as possible.


You may also wish to send us a message here.


Our Functional Skills teachers and learners are excited to have you join us!

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