Literacy Skills for Life Entry Level

Part Time 
20 weeks 
Academic Year:
Awarding Body:
Costs to be confirmed.

About this course

All aspects of literacy needed for daily life. You will improve your reading, writing and speaking & listening skills, using a range of interesting activities.

Before you start the course you will meet with a tutor for an individual chat and an initial assessment. The tutor will work out your current literacy level and recommend the best session for you.

This course will help you develop your personal literacy skills and prepare you for a nationally recognised qualification, if appropriate.

All of the classes are free.  You will need to provide your own paper, files, ruler and pens.

Start date:  Variable, please enquire for more information.


What do I need for this course?

No formal qualifications are required.
Please contact Sue Murray on 01325 503267 to arrange an assessment. Alternatively you can email Nicky Thomas at:

Qualities and skills that you need for success on this course

The sessions build learners' confidence by developing independent study skills.

Course modules

Further details will be given during your first session.


How will I learn?

Classes include workshops and practical activities, as well as taught sessions.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of your course you will either produce a portfolio of work for assessment or take an exam.

There are different types of assessment, depending on learners' wishes and level. For example National Tests are available on-line or as paper-based tests.

What else do I need to know?

There are various sessions throughout the week each class lasts for three hours, with a short break halfway through. More specific details will be given at the time of your initial assessment.

The course start dates are September, January and April.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey. You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.



What can I do after this course?

Although these courses do not lead directly to a career, the new National Qualifications can lead to improved employment prospects.


Lead Tutor

Nicola Thomas

The tuition fee is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies. If you are 19 or over tuition fees will apply. Help may be available with fees, please ask. Government funding may be available through apprenticeship schemes. For further information on apprenticeships phone 01325 503210 (Business Development).

This course information page is a general guide to the course and every effort is made to ensure complete accuracy. The college reserves the right to make changes to curricular content where appropriate. The information given in this course leaflet does not impose on the college any obligation to provide, or continue to provide any courses, modules, or amenities described. The college reserves the right to cease to run a programme if insufficient students enrol.

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