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Open Day (registration for a free English course) - what to take with you, and what are the next steps?

MacLav Ltd.
Date added
18 June 2024

Below is the guidance on what essential information you need to take with you to enrol for the Open Day and what the next steps are.

As a reminder, this is a free, government-funded course - but to be eligible, you must live in England and have resident rights. Persons from the EU MUST have Settled Status to enrol onto the course.

Required documents:

  1. Photo ID: only a passport or BRP card is accepted.
  2. Proof of your current address in England (but not older than three months): suggested documents that are accepted (original OR a photo of it on your phone) with your UK address are - gas, electricity or telephone bill, bank statement, a letter from a council or other office. A British driving licence is accepted for proof of address.
  3. Proof of Employment – If you are employed, please bring with you a recent payslip or if you are self-employed, your most recent Tax Return. If you are unemployed, please bring proof of your benefit – this must be a Universal Credit Statement showing your payments and address.
  4. Persons from outside the UK, EU, and Ukraine: Please bring a BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) and please also read the article: "Who can get FREE Functional Skills courses in the UK?"

Please reserve 60-90 minutes for the open day. We ask that you please do not bring children to the open day. Entry to the rooms is only for those who have registered (no accompanying persons). If you need to, don't forget to bring your reading glasses.

The Open Day is divided into two parts as follows: 

  1. During the first part (approx. 20 minutes), you will be asked to complete the college enrolment form.
  2. During the second part, you will be asked to complete preliminary tests to assess your English level. For people with poor English, sometimes only 10 minutes is enough for the tests, while people with advanced English should prepare for 30-40 minutes.

After the Open Day, your tests will be returned to the office (usually in 1-3 working days) and checked to ensure that you are assigned to the correct skill level (E1, E2, E3, L1 or L2). You will then get a link to an electronic form (this covers any gaps that may have been missed on the paper version that was filled in by you on the Open Day). IMPORTANT! This electronic form MUST be completed in FULL, or you will NOT be assigned to the course! In this electronic form, you can also choose what days and times you want to attend classes.

Once you have done everything and are assigned to the group, any changes, be it days or the course level, are possible - you need to inform the course manager.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us on our student helpline:
07939 959 541

MacLav LTD (Education Department)
Hope Street Xchange,
1-3 Hind Street,
Sunderland University Campus,
Maclav Company reg no: 11061231


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