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We have courses, taster and induction sessions to help you explore and choose the course that is right for you.


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Get ahead in English and maths

Do you want to update your skills in English or maths? We offer a range of options for you to learn with us whilst gaining new skills and qualifications:

  • free courses
  • skills to help you in everyday life
  • join at any time for many classes except GCSE
  • small, friendly, relaxed groups
  • work at your own pace
  • gain nationally recognised functional skills qualifications
  • improve your future prospects - higher earnings are directly linked to good basic skills

Various days and times are available at all of our centres.

Ask your local adult community education centre for details to be booked onto our Making Choices session to start your learning journey.

Considering doing a GCSE, but unsure?

Most employers look for at least a GCSE grade 4 or C in each subject, so English and maths skills are important. People with good GCSE grades in English and maths earn approximately £2,000 more than those who do not.

For many of us, it's been years since we studied for GCSEs, others have not had this opportunity for a variety of reasons. The thought of doing a GCSE can be daunting, particularly if you have not studied at this level for some time.

If this is you, we can offer a range of ways to help you to prepare for studying a GCSE, including our free Step Up to GCSE courses offered from some locations in September.

These short, friendly courses are designed to give you a flavour of what the GCSE level would involve and how you would find the subject. They give you a taster of the content, whilst receiving lots of guidance and helping prepare you for the commitment to embark on the GCSE in September. This opportunity will help enable you to decide if a GCSE course is right for you and look at the standard of work required for gaining a GCSE in 2020.

Ask your local adult community education centre for details of how we can support you to step up to a GCSE in English or maths.