FS & GCSEs

Functional Skills Maths – Levels 1 and 2

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those whose Maths is currently below GCSE level or at Level 1 and for those want to further improve their skills.  The emphasis is on building up the basics in order to progress to a Level 2 or GCSE. Improved numeracy skills will assist in maintaining your personal finances, shopping, household bills and in seeking or improving your employability.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, except learners must be aged 19 years by 31st August, and bring the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills in maths in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Ratio, proportion and scale
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Money and exchange rates
  • Interpretation of graphs and charts
  • The use of averages and probability
  • Measurement - length, distance, weight and capacity
  • The use of perimeter, area and volume of simple and complex shapes, including using formulae

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a Level 2 if you are studying Level 1 or to a GCSE (a Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 5 )

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run one morning a week, one afternoon a week or one evening a week for 2 hours at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your National Insurance number to the first session.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free but learners are expected to work towards an accredited qualification, through an exam.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Functional Skills ICT

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners of all levels and abilities up to Level 2.  If you already have a certificate, achieved within the last five years, you will only be eligible for the level above.  If you have no certificates then you will be assessed to establish your current level and enrolled on the appropriate level of course.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills in using a computer and the Internet.

What will the course cover?

  • Switching on and closing down the computer
  • Using a mouse and keyboard
  • Word processing
  • Saving and organising your work
  • Using tools to create a poster / party invitations
  • Adding formatting to a document
  • Moving and modifying text
  • Using a printer
  • File management
  • Using flash drives
  • Using a search engine to source information effectively
  • Powerpoint
  • Creating presentations
  • Adding slides
  • Creating an email account
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Attachments
  • Spreadsheets
  • Functions and formulae
  • Charts

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level of Functional Skills ICT.  Once you have completed Level 2 you can apply to progress to a Level 3 ICT course at a college.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run at:

Crown St Library:

  • Tuesdays 9.15am – 3.15pm
  • Saturdays 10am – 1pm,

Tubwell Row

  • Wednesdays 3.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Saturdays 10am – 1pm

The Coleridge Centre:

  • Thursdays 9am - 11.30am

Before joining the course you will need to attend an initial assessment at:

Crown St Library, Saturdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Please contact us to make an appointment.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a black pen, notepad and we recommend the CGP Functional Skills ICT book (copies are available for classroom use; however having your own copy enables you to work at home).

How much will the course cost?

This course is free at all levels to anyone meeting the requirements.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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GCSE English Language

Who is the course for?

The course is designed to inspire and motivate, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring, as far as possible, that the assessment and texts are enjoyable, accessible and relevant.

The specification will enable learners of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods, as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You will need to attend the Coleridge Centre on Wednesday 7th September from 6pm to 9pm for assessments in reading and writing to check your suitability for this course.

Most learners who have not achieved a grade C in GCSE in English Language will go into a GCSE class.

What will the course cover?

The course will follow the AQA English Language 8700 specification. The specification offers two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing you with a clear route through each paper.

Each paper has a distinct identity:  

  • Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers.
  • Paper 2, Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

In most cases, employers and universities will expect you to have GCSE English at grade C or above. It is an essential requirement to be able to
communicate ideas clearly in written and spoken English and understand
information conveyed by others

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run at the Coleridge Centre on Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm. You will also be required to complete at least 3 hours a week of home learning.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring along an A4 lined pad and folder and a pen.

How much will the course cost?

The course will cost £60, which will be returned if the course is completed successfully. We will also recommend textbooks for you to purchase.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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GCSE Mathematics

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of basic maths and who are able to commit to an intensive year of mathematical study.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You will need to attend the Coleridge Centre on Saturday 3rd September 9.30am – 12.30pm for an assessment to check your suitability for this course. You will be contacted during the following week with your results.

What will the course cover?

The course will follow AQA Foundation Mathematics specification 4365. This is the final year that post-16 learners are eligible to study this course. There will be no option of a re-sit on this specification.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Many jobs and college or university courses require a C at GCSE maths as an entry requirement.

Where and when will I learn?

The course will run at the Coleridge Centre on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm. You will also be required to complete at least 3 hours a week of home learning.

What should I bring with me?

Initially please bring a pen and file. You will be given information regarding which textbook and calculator you will need to buy in the first session.

How much will the course cost?

The course will cost £60, which will be returned if the course is completed successfully. You will also need to buy a textbook, calculator and maths set.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Functional Skills English – Entry Level

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those whose English is currently below GCSE level and for those who want to further improve their skills.  The emphasis is on building up the basics in order to progress to higher levels or GCSE. Improved communication, reading and writing skills will assist in seeking or improving your employability.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, except learners must be aged 19 years on enrolment, and bring the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills in English in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an internally set and marked exam. The Entry levels are from Entry Level 1 up to Entry Level 3. The course covers:

  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Communicating by email and letter
  • Writing a CV and presenting information in sequence
  • Sentence construction
  • Understanding texts
  • Writing and reading skills
  • Speaking and listening skills

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a higher Entry level or a Level 1 (equivalent to a GCSE grades 1 – 3, previous grades GCSE D - G).

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run one morning a week or one afternoon a week for 2 hours at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen to the sessions.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free but learners are expected to work towards an accredited qualification, through an exam.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Functional Skills English – Levels 1 and 2

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those whose English is currently below GCSE level or at Level 1 and for those who want to further improve their skills.  The emphasis is on building up the basics in order to progress to a Level 2 or GCSE. Improved communication, reading and writing skills will assist in seeking or improving your employability.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, except learners must be aged 19 years on enrolment, and bring the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills in English in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Understanding the purpose of texts
  • Writing for purpose using correct language, layout, style and conventions
  • Homophones for improved spelling
  • Persuasive, informative, descriptive and instructional texts
  • Sentence construction - get your message across clearly and logically
  • Root words, prefixes, suffixes for spelling and meaning of words
  • Verbs, tenses - improve your writing
  • Fact, opinion, bias - reading between the lines
  • Writing and reading skills - write reports, articles, leaflets, formal letters
  • Speaking and listening skills - deliver a presentation and take part in group discussions

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be a Level 2 if you are studying Level 1 or to a GCSE (a Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE grade 4 – 9, previously GCSE grades A* - C).

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run one morning a week or one evening a week for 2 hours at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen to the sessions.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free but learners are expected to work towards an accredited qualification, through an exam.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Functional Skills Maths – Entry Level

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those whose maths is currently below GCSE level and for those who want to further improve their skills. The emphasis is on building up the basics in order to progress to higher levels. Improved numeracy skills will assist in maintaining your personal finances, shopping, household bills and in seeking or improving your employability.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, except learners must be aged 19 years on enrolment, and bring the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills in maths in a relaxed, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Each week, we will focus on different skills, and the course leads to achieving an accredited qualification through an externally set and marked exam from the OCR awarding body. The course covers:

  • Basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • The use of numeracy in money
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Interpretation of graphs and charts
  • Measurement - time, temperature, length, distance, weight and capacity
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • The use of perimeter of simple shapes

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to the next level which might be at a higher Entry Level or Level 1 followed by Level 2.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run Mondays 9.30am – 11.30am or Fridays 9.15 – 11.15am at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free but learners are expected to work towards an accredited qualification, through an exam.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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