These programmes improve skills in English speaking, reading and writing to help non-native speakers to better integrate into the society in which they live and may work. FENNS (Functional English for Non-Native Speakers) classes are for adult learners who have the right to be resident in the UK.


  • Description

    This part-time programme runs from September to July and will focus on developing all English language skills at the relevant level. We will help you to assess the right level for your current ability.

    Pre-entry (Beginners) A foundation class aimed at speakers with very little or no English. By the end of the first year you will be able to use basic English, and have a simple conversation at home, in the workplace and in the community.

    Entry Level 1, 2, 3 (Improvers) Improves skills in English speaking, reading and writing to help you to better integrate into the society in which you live and may work.

    Level 1 (Intermediate) Develop more complex English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Explore new grammar and concepts that improve your confidence and help you to progress towards further learning or skilled employment.

    Level 2 (Advanced) Designed to develop and enhance your English language skills to a similar level to GCSE (at grade 4). It will enable you to use language to participate effectively in society and employment.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will be required to undertake a diagnostic assessment prior to acceptance on the programme.

    Each level has entry requirements. We will help you to assess the right level for your current ability.

  • Qualification

    Edexcel Functional Skills Qualification in English

  • Progression

    Upon successful completion of each year, you will have the opportunity to progress to the next level. Some students who have completed Level 2 may progress to GCSE English, other courses at college, employment or further training.

  • Assessment

    Written, speaking and listening assessments will take place in class on a regular basis. Controlled assessments (exams) will take place when the teacher feels that you are ready.

  • Home Study

    You will be expected to practise your English skills outside of class times and will be set one to two hours of homework per week.

  • Work Placement

    This programme does not require you to undertake work experience.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Classes are free for students who have lived in the UK for three years, have taken up permanent residence in the UK, are refugees, are spouses of British Citizens or are under 19. You are required to provide proof of identity at the interview stage (passports, Home Office documents, Identity cards, pre-settled or settled status).

    You will need to purchase a textbook each year to support your learning, this cost will be advised at the start of the programme. You will also need to pay a £15 contribution to the student association.

    If you do not meet these entry requirements, you may join these classes but there will be an overseas charge.

Code Start Fees*
FENNS 232401 September 2023 Fee Information

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.