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Brush up your English: Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2

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Adult Functional Skills English: Entry Level, Level 1 And Level 2

Need to improve your English? Would you like to be able to help your kids with their homework? Need Level 2 English as an entry requirement for further studies or QTLS? Do you just want to Brush Up your skills? This course develops your comprehension, spelling and writing skills to improve your job prospects and prepare you for further study.

Adult English Entry level, Level 1, Level 2,  are 2 hours per week delivered at various days and times: 09:00-11:00; 11:30-13:30, 14:15-16:15, 18:00-20:00

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Course information

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Entry requirements

You do not need any qualifications to start this course; however you must be 19 or over, a UK/EEA citizen and have a minimum Level 1 ability in spoken English. You will be asked to attend a short informal interview and undertake a free assessment before your course starts to help determine your existing skill level.

Please note that the focus of this course is to develop the language skills of people who speak English as their first/home language. If English is not your first language, please refer to our ESOL courses.

How will I be assessed?

Depending upon the level at which you study, you will be entered for a Pearson Functional Skills qualification, available from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.

Course content

What will I study?

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Reading
  • Punctuation
  • Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Sounds-Write – Phonics For Adult Learners.

The phonics programme Sounds-Write is incorporated into Entry level classes to help learners improve their basic literacy skills. Research has shown that synthetic phonics is the most effective way to teach reading. It is an effective tool to use with adult learners who struggle with reading and spelling.

Next steps

Course progression:

This course leads to a nationally-recognised qualification which may help you to gain employment or access further learning programmes.

Additional information

You can enrol in either September or January and will need to attend College for a minimum of two hours per week during the morning, afternoon or evening. Initial assessments (placement interviews) take place throughout the year.

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If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or  contact

Available Courses
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Starts: Various
Type: Part Time
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Fees: Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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Unemployed offer

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. To find out if you are eligible open our Part-time fee flow chart below or call our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.


Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol on one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.