English Functional Skills

On this page you will find many useful resources mainly suitable for your English Functional Skills course including physical Library stock, eBooks, eResources and websites.

Finding English Functional Skills Resources

All books have a classification number on the spine. Here are some class marks to get you started. Click on the class marks below to find out what the Library has to offer for each topic. To request to borrow resources, please click here

Fiction Books

The Libraries have large collections of Fiction books across a number of genres. To request to borrow resources below, please click here

Penguin Reader eBooks

The following Penguin  Reader books are available to read online! Click the book cover below to read it via VLe Books. You will need to log in with your college details before you can continue. These books can  be 'borrowed' for 3 days by clicking 'Read Online'. You might find that somebody else has already borrowed the book you would like. If this is the case, simply leave your email address and you will be notified when it is next available.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Call of the Wild
Wonder
Wuthering Heights
Tales of Adventurous Girls
How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars
Stephen Hawking
Tales of the Greek Heroes
Little Women
Private
Pride and Prejudice
The Night Manager
A Christmas Carol
Animal Farm
Jayne Eyre
Oliver Twist
Boy by Roald Dahl
Dracula
The Kissing Booth
The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Michelle Obama
Women Who Changed the World
1984 by George Orwell
Malala Yousafzai
The Great Gatsby
Gong Solo

English Functional Skills eResources

Here is a list of commonly used resources. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

BBC Bitesize logoBBC Bitesize: Tips and tricks for reading, writing, speaking and listening. English learning resources for students of Functional Skills.
BBC Radio 2 500 Words logoBBC Radio 2 500 Words: A selection of brilliant stories perfect for Functional Skills students to read!
Gramma Monster logoGrammar Monster: Online lessons, quizzes, tests and glossaries. Contains sections on commonly mixed up words, word types, and punctuation.
We Write Everyday logoInspiration for keeping a diary, writing stories, flash fiction and more!