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English Workshop (Level 1 & Entry 3) course timetables

Brief description

These classes will help you gain confidence and enable you to use English in your everyday life, at work or with your children.

Classes are designed to improve your confidence and give you the skills you need to get on in life and in employment.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

For anyone who would like to improve their reading and writing.

These courses will help you develop these skills and gain confidence in your speaking.

People who wish to improve their English skills and gain a recognised Functional Skills qualification at E3 or L1.

If you have been out of learning or work for some time then this could be just the course for you.

We welcome people from all parts of our community with the intention of offering an opportunity for people to improve their health and well being by being part of a friendly learning environment.

Course description in brief

Course content follows the national literacy core curriculum. Classes are based around real world situations and familiar scenarios to help the subject come to life.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    You will practice how to give and follow instructions, take part in discussions, respond to different points of view, and use formal and informal language.

    You will learn how to read and understand texts quickly, how to find information and details and how to recognise the different purposes of texts.

    In your writing, you will practice how to plan, organise and write whole pieces of writing e.g. letters and stories. You will practice writing complete sentences, using basic grammar and punctuation, and how to spell common words.

    Gained a nationally recognised Functional Skills qualification at E3 or L1

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

Individuals need to have an assessment to establish their existing skill level before joining the class.

What equipment will I need for the course?

All equipment and learning materials will be provided by Swarthmore. There will be access to on line learning. It is recommended students have a folder to keep their work organised and you may wish to buy a course book.

What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

There are lessons each week in term time. Students will get the chance to work individually and in small groups as part of the sessions.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To attend all classes and complete individual learning plan.
Commitment to completing homework each week.
Complete the course and take exams.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Each student will be assessed and work from their own strengths, at their own pace in a supportive teaching environment. Progress will be recorded on your Individual learning Plan. There will be exams at the end of the course.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Progress to higher level English classes including GCSE, further study or employment.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum manager
At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
112a 2 Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 18 Sep 2019 to 13 Feb 2020 (36 Sessions) Course Free of Charge- £12 Membership Fee payable
112b 2 Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 26 Feb 2020 to 09 Jul 2020 (34 Sessions) Course Free of Charge- £12 Membership Fee payable

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.