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Step Up English

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for parents and will help you to develop your own English skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening, which will enable you to support your children and also to develop your own skills enabling you to progress onto a qualification.

The course is offered a 3 different levels to suit learner needs: pre-entry, entry and L1/L2. 

Classes are taught for 2 hours, once a week.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Read and comprehend a text and answer questions about it in writing.
  • Gain confidence in using tense and subject-verb agreement correctly in written and spoken English.
  • Use conjunctions to join simple sentences together to create compound    sentences.
  • Confidently ask and answer questions in English.
  • Personal targets will also be agreed.





Start Date

End Date

St Edmunds Catholic Primary School

- Pre Entry

Wednesday 9am - 11am 28/09/2022 07/12/2022

Hateley Heath FETC, West Bromwich

- Entry Level

Friday 9.30am - 11.30am 30/09/2022 09/12/2022

Ron Davis Centre, Smethwick

- Level 1 and Level 2

Wednesday 1pm - 3pm 28/09/2022 07/12/2022

Ron Davis Centre, Smethwick

- Entry Level

Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am 27/09/2022 06/12/2022
Tipton College, Tipton - Entry Level Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am 29/09/2022 08/12/2022

Entry Requirements:

You will need to provide evidence that you have any of the following:

  • Been a resident of the UK/EU for the past three years.

  • Proof of immigration status
  • ​Aged 19+

You will need to complete an assessment before you join the course so that you can be placed on the most appropriate course to meet your needs. You must be committed to attending regularly and completing home study. 

You will be encouraged to attend regularly.  When you have completed this course you can progress onto the next stage of learning English. Our English courses progress all the way to Functional Skills Level 2 which is the same complexity as a GCSE English Qualification and is regarded as an equivalent Level 2 qualification with employers when looking for jobs. 


The benefits of this course:

This course will enable you to revise and learn new skills away from the stresses of normal family life.  You will have a qualified tutor and will have the opportunity to ask questions and improve your skills.  At the end of the course, your tutor will advise you of your progression routes which may include further English for Parents courses or a Functional Skills English qualification course.


At Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) you will be taught in an adult only venue, using materials that are designed for adults. There is likely to be a lot of conversation and shared learning, whole group work and individual learning with time to practice all of the learnt skills.  The course will provide lots of opportunities to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.


How will progress be monitored and assessed?

Marking and feedback will often happen during the class where the tutor will guide and support you to achieve your session target. Learning goals are agreed at the beginning of the course between you and your tutor; they are recorded on your individual learning plan (ILP). You will be asked to complete an individual Personal Learning Plan and reflect on your own progress each week in a Personal learning journal. Your tutor will support your learning with both written and verbal feedback on how you can progress and develop your skills on a weekly basis. 

Progression will be monitored through assessment of practical activities, marking of completed work and homework will be issued and marked with guidance and feedback to help you to improve. Your tutor will let you know how the final assessment tasks fit into the course.

During and at the end of the course there is an opportunity to let us know how you feel about your experiences as a learner with SAFL. We want to know how you got on and value what you have to say.



A Sandwell adult and family learning (SAFL) certificate will be awarded at the end of the course, when you have achieved your agreed learning outcomes.

After completing this course, could I progress onto another course?

At the end of this course you may feel confident to progress to another SAFL course, including Maths, ICT or an accredited English course.

Our English courses progress all the way to Functional Skills Level 2 which is the same complexity as a GCSE English Qualification and is regarded as an equivalent Level 2 qualification with employers when looking for jobs. 


Costs and Fees?

There are no fees charged to you.

Your course fees are paid for through the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is government funding.


Equipment Required:

You may wish to bring a note pad and pen/pencil and start to make your own reference notes. Any other materials you need for the course are provided by us


This course runs for 10 weeks 2 hours per week