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Reading For Success 2021

Reading For Success Task Menu

Click the tabs at the top to go to each section and see the tasks (or use the links below). 

There are 5 categories: 


Reading for STUDY


Reading for FUN


Reading For Success logo

Reading For Success logo image description: three bookshelves showing the spines of several books. In the centre is an open book with 'R4S!' written on the pages. The book spines all have titles that explain how reading can help you to be successful, such as: 'improve your grades!' and 'become a better writer'.

Marcus Rashford

Alt Text: Marcus Rashford on the football pitch.
Marcus Rashford 2018-06-28 by is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. 

Marcus Rashford started reading when he was in his late teens. He said: “I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality." (in The Guardian, 2020).

Reading has certainly helped Marcus to be a success if his Manchester United and England football career is anything to go by! 

If reading helped Marcus, it can certainly help you be a success too.

Rashford, M (2020) in 'Marcus Rashford launches book club so every child can experience 'escapism'', The Guardian, 17 November. Available at: (Accessed: 9 February, 2021).

Rashford, M. (2020) [Twitter] 18 November. Available at: (Accessed: 9 February 2021).

Need some help?

If you need help with Reading For Success there are a few things you can do:

  • You can ask at the Help Desk at the Library. 
  • You can email 
  • You can use the Live Chat feature (in the bottom right-hand corner on this page)
  • You can attend a Reading For Success drop-in (these are listed on the calendar)
  • You can attend an Academic Librarian Clinic for BLC to ask your question (these are listed on the calendar)
  • You can ask your tutors (especially if the task you have chosen is related to study!)
  • You can ask a member of the Careers team (if you are working on an employability task!)
  • You can ask your Progress Coach

Reading on the GO!

Alt Text: A person sliding down a snowy hill reading a book and drinking coffee.

Reading For Success

There’s no doubt about it, reading will help you to be a success!


  • improves your vocabulary and knowledge;
  • reduces your stress levels;
  • gives you things to talk about;
  • increases your concentration levels;
  • will improve your grades!

Use Reading For Success to keep track of what you’ve read.
The reading tasks are organised into five different categories, so you can choose what’s going to help you the most.

The Challenge

Work your way through the levels and complete tasks to win.

There are 32 tasks in total - you don't have to read them all, but pick the ones most relevant (or most interesting) to you. Below, you can find out how many tasks you need to complete to achieve the different levels of Reading For Success awards:

Bronze: complete 6 tasks
Silver: complete 12 tasks
Gold: complete 24 tasks

Completing 6 tasks enters you into the Reading For Success Prize Draw, but the more tasks you complete the greater the chance of winning. You could win a voucher to spend how you like! 

1st prize: £20 voucher
2nd prize: £10 voucher
3rd prize: £5 voucher

The deadline is: * come back in September 2021 to find out the next R4S deadline! *

See below to find out how to enter...

How do I enter?

If you're a Functional Skills or GCSE English student enter Reading For Success via Course Resources.

Go to your English module (2020-FE-FSENG or 2020-FE-GCSEENG) on Course Resources and click on 'Reading For Success' on the left hand menu. See the screenshot below.

You can then choose the reading theme and find the task you want to complete. Create a journal entry for that task and once that's submitted, your entry has been made!

Make sure that you give a full answer in your journal for your entry to be accepted (if your answer isn't detailed enough, we'll ask you to add more info so we can accept your answer).

If you are NOT on either of those programmes, there is a link in each task on this website which leads to an online form. Fill that out for each task that you complete. Use the tabs at the top to move through the themes and explore the tasks.

Good luck!

Read or listen?

Whether you read the words yourself, or have them read to you (by a screen reader) doesn't matter. As long as you understand the content of the book, article or webpage that you are accessing, that's what matters!

Some eBooks have an option to be read out (look for eBooks provided by VLe Books).

Some articles on Discover can be heard via the 'Listen' function. Click this link for an example.

Listening rather than reading can be helpful for people with Dyslexia, visual impairments or anyone who prefers receiving information via listening! 

Reading For Success drop-ins

There are 3 online drop-ins that you can attend to ask questions about Reading For Success.

You could ask:

  • Which task should I choose next?
  • I am looking for a specific book to read but I can't find it. Can you help?
  • Which tasks will help me to be a better communicator?

or any question that you need to be answered about the challenge!

The drop-ins are on the following dates, click the links for more information.

* You have missed the drop-ins for this year, come back in September for next year's competition! *

Reading: it's for awesome people!

Image credit: 

Alt text: a picture of a cat reading a book. The text reads: Reading. It's for awesome people.