English Skills Entry 3 (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

(Women Only)

Please note that this course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

We are proud of our diverse learner groups, and range of support to enable access for all learners regardless of ability or background. However, we also recognise that some women benefit from the supportive and close-knit environment of a women-only class, which can help to develop the skills, confidence and ambition to succeed in mainstream education, work and community settings.

This is a non-qualification course. You will get a College Certificate on successful completion of the course.
This course will provide you with an opportunity to develop and consolidate your English skills or you may want to brush up on your reading, speaking and listening, writing and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) skills for further training or work.

Course Content

In term 1 you will practise reading skills. In term 2 you will practise speaking and listening skills. In term 3 you will practise writing skills. You will practise SPaG throughout.

The English skills you will study in reading will include:
Skimming, scanning and detailed reading
Reading for pleasure
Understanding texts
Gathering information from texts
Using texts to improve your vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar

The English skills you will practise in speaking and listening will include:
Making presentations
Having discussions
Expressing opinions
Listening for specific information and detail

The English skills you will practise in writing will include:
Writing articles, letters and blogs
Improve your handwriting
Using correct SPaG when writing

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

This course is appropriate for people who have established English skills at Entry Level 2. This course is suitable for people who have moderate learning difficulties and disabilities (LLDD).

You will be invited for an interview and as part of the interview process you will be given some feedback on your English skills. It will be really helpful if you can bring along any English certificates that you may already have.

If this Entry Level 3 course is not the appropriate course for you, then you will be given the opportunity to enrol on a more suitable course.

You may need to sit a computer based initial assessment and complete a piece of writing to indicate and evidence your current level of English.

If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information:

You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on
If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course.
It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview
Please note, if required, we only allow one re-sit attempt at these screening assessments

First Class Requirements

When you come along to your first class you should bring along an A4 writing pad, a black/blue pen, highlighters and a ring binder folder. You will also follow a class reading book which you can purchase second hand or borrow from a library.

Attendance Requirements

100% attendance is expected

Assessment Methods

This is not an exam based course. Your English skills will be assessed and developed through a folder of work and the use of an ILP (Individual Learning Plan). Your evidence, or work, - which you produce as you progress through the course - will be gathered in and marked by your tutor.

Further Study Options

On successful completion of this course, you can then apply for a place on an L1 English Study Skills or L1 Functional Skills English course.

Additional Information

As a result of the government?s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time - so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning - many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.