English & Maths Functional Skills

Functional Skills  will help you with your everyday needs whether in the workplace or at home. The focus is on practical applications, relevant to your level.

On a FS English course you may, for example, learn how to write or answer an email, learn how to prepare for and do a job interview, discuss the news or use a cash machine.

On a FS math course you may learn how to calculate the amount of paint you need to apply for two coats on a living room wall and ceiling or how to calculate percentages on a credit card repayment.

Functional Skills courses are always based on real life needs and can be adapted to your needs.

Functional Skills English and math are a mandatory component of Diplomas, Foundation Learning Programmes and Apprenticeships. They can be studied as stand-alone qualification or as a stepping stone to GCSE.

Our courses range from Entry Level 1 to Level 2 (equivalent to a D at GCSE).

The full level FS English consists of exams in the following:

  1. Speaking and listening
  2. Reading
  3. Writing

Assessment for FS math is by a single examination at the end of the course.


English as a Second Language courses are for learners who live in the UK and speak English as their second or other language.  Our courses will improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. We have courses from pre-entry to Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE)

Our ESOL courses are general English courses prepare you for

  • Taking part in everyday life in the United Kingdom like talk to your neighbours, teachers and doctors, go shopping, apply for work or volunteer
  • Give you basic employability and enterprise skills such as writing a simple CV or completing an application form
  • Teach you about British culture and democracy

We also run a few specialist courses such as

  • Sewing with ESOL
  • Computing with ESOL
  • Employability Skills with ESOL

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