English and maths courses for adult learners

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Enrolment for GCSE and Stepping Stones 2022 courses

Enrolments for English and maths GCSE and Stepping Stones courses are now closed. However, if you wish to be contacted about Functional Skills courses starting in January, please complete the form in the link below.

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If English is not your first language you may be interested in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Enrolment for our GCSE classes are now closed until May 2023.


Stepping Stones and Functional Skills

Who are these courses for?

These courses are for people with basic literacy skills, wanting to improve their English or maths or to progress to GCSE level. They may want to improve their English to assist in work or at home but feel they have gaps in their knowledge.

Stepping Stones and Functional Skills courses are free for adults aged 19 and over on 31 August 2022 who do not already hold a GCSE qualification (grades A to C, 4 to 9) and who meet the standard eligibility criteria.

You must be able to easily travel to an agreed Surrey Adult Learning Centre to sit exams/assessments where applicable.

Details of the courses

Stepping Stones and Functional Skill 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.

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


GCSE English

Who is this course for?

Adults aged 19 and over on 31 August 2022, either wishing to study GCSE English for the first time or those wishing to re-sit this nationally recognised qualification.

You must be able to easily travel to an agreed Surrey Adult Learning Centre to sit exams/assessments where applicable.

Details of the course

GCSE English 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 academic year in June.

GCSEs are graded 9 (highest grade) to 1 (lowest grade) and you will aim for a minimum of grade 4 to 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

Who is this course for?

Adults aged 19 and over on 31 August 2022, either wishing to study GCSE maths for the first time or those wishing to re-sit this nationally recognised qualification.

You must be able to easily travel to an agreed Surrey Adult Learning Centre to sit exams/assessments where applicable.

Details of the course

GCSE maths has a challenging syllabus. 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 academic year in May to June.

The course will enable you to gain grades 1 to 5, the aim being that you attain a grade 4 to 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.


Multiply Maths workshops

Free Multiply maths workshops for Surrey residents who are 19 and over, who have not achieved maths GCSE C or grade 4 or Functional Skills Level 2.


Childcare support when attending a face-to-face Adult Skills course

Our Henrietta Parker Trust (HPT) may be able to provide financial support for the childcare necessary to enable learners to attend our face-to-face Adult Skills courses.

Further information can be found on our dedicated HPT website.

Terms and conditions, including eligibility criteria, can be found on our special offers webpage.


Next steps and continue your learning

When you have completed your maths or English course you may wish to go onto a higher level. Talk to your tutor about the opportunities available.

Stepping Stones to Functional Skills courses offer successful candidates the opportunity to gain entry to the Functional Skills Entry Level 3 and Level 1 courses.

Functional Skills qualifications and GCSEs will help you improve your career prospects. Successful candidates have the opportunity to go onto higher level courses or an Apprenticeship programme.

There are also many other courses available from Surrey Adult Learning that may be of interest.

Take a look at our course programme

There are other providers you can contact to help build your knowledge and skills too.

Find out about other adult learning opportunities