English and Maths
Whatever your interest or career ambition, good English and Maths skills are crucial to success. Many people lack confidence in these areas but we can help you overcome this and achieve your full potential.
We offer part time day and evening courses in English and Maths at all levels. Most courses lead to a recognized qualification, either Functional Skills or GCSEs, and you will receive advice and guidance in choosing the right qualification for you. Courses are available at a wide variety of days and times across the campuses so that you can fit English and/or Maths around other courses, work and family commitments.
Functional Skills qualifications are available at 5 different levels (Entry 1, 2, 3 and Level 1 and 2) and focus on the English and Maths skills that you need for work and adult daily life. Functional Skills are widely recognized across all sectors and are the preferred qualifications for apprenticeships. Functional Skills exams are available throughout the year and can be taken any day of the week and any time of day.
GCSE qualifications are at Level 2 and you need to already have the underlying English/Maths skills before embarking on the course. GCSEs are the preferred qualifications for progression to Higher Education and for careers in Education and Early Years. GCSE exams are held on set dates in May/June each year so please ensure that you are able to commit to the exam dates before enrolment.
We offer exceptional support both in and out of class time, with specialist English and Maths Hubs across all our sites. These provide a centre for students of all ages and abilities to develop and fine-tune their knowledge and skills, with advice, support and teaching from expert tutors.
Not sure on whether you might need to brush up on your Maths skills? Click here and try this short quiz and get some feedback on what areas of numeracy you might want to work on.
Below are the provisional GCSE exam dates for 2018-19:
|Candidates must sit all three papers||Candidates must sit both papers|
|Paper 1||Tuesday 21 May 2019||9am||Paper 1||Tuesday 4 June 2019||9am|
|Paper 2||Thursday 6 June 2019||9am||Paper 2||Friday 7 June 2019||9am|
|Paper 3||Tuesday 11 June 2019||9am|
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