• Foundation Certificate


Main aims of the Unit

This unit aims to improve learners’ reading, writing and speaking skills by explaining key areas of grammar and sentence construction. The unit also explains the approaches to be used in order to maximize the understanding of the key areas of texts or visual presentations

Learning Outcomes for the Unit

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Improve their overall English language skills
  • Select key points of texts or business reports
  • To prepare sentences using the correct grammar and spelling
  • Use the appropriate wording when addressing different people in writing or orally
  • Use the correct punctuation and verbs in order to achieve accurate communications

Learning and teaching methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:

Learning takes place on a number of levels through lectures, class discussion including problem review and analysis. Formal lectures provide a foundation of information on which the student builds through directed learning and self managed learning outside of the class. The students are actively encouraged to form study groups to discuss course material which fosters a greater depth learning experience.

Entry Requirements

  • Three GCSE’s / GCE`O’ levels or equivalent qualification, or,
  • A recognised Freshman or Access Certificate
  • Certificate award deemed to be equivalent to the above qualifications
  • All learners must be 17 years and above and they must have completed a minimum of 10 years of school education
  • A 5.5 score or above of an approved English Language Test or recognised school or college English Language Placement Test

Main Topics of Study

  • Finding information in texts
  • Selecting the main points of a text
  • Using key words and information
  • Using layout to find information
  • Different types of text
  • Presentation features
  • Language techniques
  • Who are you writing to and why
  • Writing to different people
  • Information to include
  • Selecting the right order
  • Planning and drafting your writing
  • Using paragraphs
  • How to write a plan
  • Drafting and checking
  • Writing letters
  • Writing emails
  • Filling in forms
  • Writing instructions
  • Writing reports
  • Making sentences
  • Punctuating sentences
  • Common mistakes with verbs
  • Using joining words
  • Using correct spelling
  • Adding prefixes and suffixes
  • Common spelling mistakes
  • Making plurals
  • Commonly confused words

Indicative Reading for this Unit

Main Text

Functional Skills English Level 3- Study and Text Practice by CGP Books

Alternative Text and further reading

English Language Book Level 3 L.Fidge, L. Hocking, M. Bowen (Mac Millan Education)

Guideline for Teaching and learning time
(10 hours per credit)

50 Hours - Lectures / Seminars / Tutorials / Workshops:

Tutorial support includes feedback on assignments and may vary by college according to local needs and wishes.

50 Hours - Directed learning:

Advance reading and preparation / Class preparation / Background reading / Group study / Portfolio / Diary etc

50 Hours - Self managed learning:

Working through the course text and completing assignments as required will take up the bulk of the learning time. In addition students are expected to engage with the tutor and other students and to undertake further reading using the web and/or libraries.

Assessment methods

Final Examination: 70%
Coursework: 30%