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Free English qualification

Are employers asking for qualifications you don't have? Our range of nationally recognised English qualifications from City & Guilds can improve your CV and show you can apply your English skills in a practical way.

Free English qualification
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  • Gain the essential skills you need to make communicating easier at work and at home. Thanks to government funding, your courses and qualification could be free!

    We offer qualifications at entry level 3, level 1 and level 2. You can do different sized qualifications at each level, depending on your learning needs. But don't worry, we're here to advise which qualification is best for you before you start - and to make sure you don't cover what you already know.

    Depending on the level, type and size of qualification you're working towards, you'll do a variety of online courses, along with some paper tasks too.

    We'll put together the right courses from each area to suit your needs and the type of qualification you want to gain. Your English qualification could be made up of courses in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary or speaking and listening.

    Please note, we do not offer English qualifications in Scotland

  • Reading

    If you find reading hard everyday tasks can be a real challenge, like reading a story to your toddler or following written instructions at work.

    Writing

    Do you find writing tricky? Everyday tasks like writing notes can be tough if your writing skills aren't up to scratch.

    Grammar and punctuation

    Incorrect punctuation not only looks unprofessional, it can actually change the meaning of what you write. These courses will give you the grammar and punctuation skills you need to get your message across clearly.

    Spelling

    Whether you're applying for a job or selling things online, spelling things correctly will help you to look professional.

    Vocabulary

    It can be hard to get your point across if you can't find the right words. Increasing your vocabulary with more words means you won't be tongue-tied when describing things! If you want to express yourself better, we can help you.

    Speaking and listening

    If you want to improve your communication skills and spot key information, then these courses can improve your everyday speaking and listening skills.

    • Thanks to government funding, your courses and qualification could be free. We'll confirm this with you before you start.
    • We do different size qualifications at different levels - we'll help you work out what's best for you. Some are assessed by collecting a portfolio of your work – so there’s no test. Others are assessed by a short online test.
    • You can complete your qualification in a learndirect centre with face-to-face support from our centre staff.
    • Your tutor will be there to give you advice, and you'll have regular progress reviews to keep you on track.
    • For each course, you'll complete tasks and activities to show how you can apply your new skills.
    • Once you've finished all your courses and completed your tasks and activities, or tests, your work will be assessed by City & Guilds to gain your qualification.