English and maths (including GCSE) courses in adult learning

  • Enrolments for Functional Skills English and maths classes reopen in June 2021.

  • Enrolments for September 2021 GCSE English and GCSE maths will open in July 2021.

    If you are interested in learning to speak English, look at English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


GCSE English

If you are an adult aged 19+ at the start of the course and wishing to study GCSE English for the first time or if you want to re-take this nationally recognised qualification, our course is right for you. The new GCSE English course, introduced for September 2016, is a skills-based course. You will study with us for one year on this un-tiered course (not split into Foundation and Higher levels) and sit two exams at the end of the year in June. The new GCSEs are graded 9 (highest grade) to 1 (lowest grade) and you will aim for a minimum of grade 4/5 which is the level likely to be required for many careers and higher education courses.

The GCSE course will help you to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to communicate with others confidently and effectively. You will study a range of texts including fiction and non-fiction and the two final exams will test your reading of unseen texts and extended writing.


GCSE maths

If you are an adult aged 19+ at the start of the course and wishing to study GCSE maths for the first time or if you want to re-take this nationally recognised qualification, our course is right for you. The new GCSE maths course, introduced for September 2016 has a more challenging syllabus. New GCSEs are graded from 9 (highest grade) to 1 (lowest grade). You will study with us for one year at foundation level and sit three exams at the end of the year in May/June. The course will enable you to gain grades 1-5, the aim being that you attain a grade 4/5 which is the level likely to be required for many careers and higher education courses.

The course will help you to function mathematically in the world by learning the techniques to work with numbers and understand fractions, decimals and percentages and basic ratio.


Stepping Stones and Functional Skills English and maths classes

You may want to improve your English or maths to progress to GCSE level or to assist you at home or work, but feel you have gaps in your knowledge.

Stepping Stones and Functional Skills courses are free for adults aged 19+ at the start of the course who do not already hold a GCSE qualification (grades A-C, 4-9) and who meet the standard eligibility criteria.

Our Stepping Stones and Functional English courses will help you to develop skills such as spelling and the correct use of grammar, planning a piece of writing or reading and understanding a variety of texts.

Our Stepping Stones and Functional Skills maths courses will help you develop skills such as working with money, calculating without a calculator, fractions, decimals and percentages and ratio and proportion.

Registration for the next Stepping Stones and Functional Skills courses opens in June 2021.