English Functional Skills - (Part-Time)

L1/L2 Adult Part Time Course

Subject Area Community Learning

School Education Services

Attendance Part-Time


Functional Skills are qualifications in English, maths and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.

Various times are available including mornings and afternoons – all classes are 3 hours long and only once per week.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk for more information.
Duration: 3 Hours
Venue: Riverside Dene (Cruddas Park)

Who the course is for

  • Those returning to study after a break
  • Those who would like to gain a qualification in English
  • Those who need Functional Skills as an entry requirement to further study
  • Updating qualifications on your CV

Qualification Gained

Award in Functional English

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

Functional Skills English is made up of three key areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening

You will need to pass all three key elements to gain the full award.

Learning Methods

You will develop all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) by being actively involved inside and outside the class.
You will take part in activities such as problem-solving exercises, cooperative student projects, informal group work, simulations, case studies, and role playing.

Assessment Methods

We offer a mixture of paper-based assessments and on-line assessments.

We have flexible exam dates and assessments are taken at College.

Progression Opportunities

  • Further study
  • Employment

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements but enrolment is subject to an initial assessment which will determine which level of qualification we can offer you.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

This course is free

Additional Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.