GCSEs/Functional Skills English & Maths

Many higher education institutions and employers demand a high level of understanding in English and maths.


If you are 16-18 and studying a full-time programme at the college, our aim is to ensure you leave having achieved the best English and maths grades you can. Classes fit in with your main study programme.  You will be in a group that is at the right level, based on your prior experience and grades. All students will work towards the equivalent of grade 4/5 (grade C) or above at GCSE.

If you are over 19, looking to continue your education, or have been out of full-time education for some time, then we have part-time courses in functional English and maths from Entry level to Level 2, including GCSE. These will develop speaking, reading, writing and functional maths.

There are no entry requirements. Students undertake an initial assessment to match them to an appropriate level. We take account of prior formal qualifications. Courses are run over 2 semesters in the evening for functional skills. You can only study one subject per semester and will be able to move up the levels in the subject studied,  or switch subjects over in the second semester.

All courses will have a final exam/controlled assessment at the end, with certificates of achievement provided.

These programmes require some out of the classroom studying.  We will provide access to an online software package to support your learning and development. 

If students have been out of education for some time, we have some sample resources covering functional skills. It would be useful to work through these resources in readiness for sitting the initial assessments and helping develop your confidence with the content of these programmes.