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About the course

The Adult Maths & English department offers a range of high-quality teaching options to suit all expectations and lifestyles.


Improving your English and maths skills can help you in so many ways, from finding employment to improving your earning potential. We can provide you with the tools to successfully communicate an idea or opinion or divide a restaurant bill amongst friends!


We have developed new online courses and blended delivery options with the safety and well-being of our students at the heart of everything we do.


This range of courses is designed for all ages and levels of ability. Each individual will be fully assessed by our professional tutors and advised which qualification would best suit his/her needs.

Entry requirements

There are no formal requirements, but the results of initial assessments will be taken into account when deciding on the qualification and level for which you will be entered.


Functional Skills Maths (Edexcel). Entry Level 3, Levels 1 and 2


Our classes are small, friendly groups of like-minded people and our experienced tutors are keen to help you do as much as you feel possible. We are there to help you succeed!


You can take different levels of qualification from entry level, to Level 1, 2 and GCSE. Classes run daytime or evenings at centres throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, therefore you can choose which course best suits your needs.


All our qualifications are valued by employers and could be used to gain entry to other courses including degree level.

What you'll learn (core modules)

This course will also provide you with maths skills in preparation for progressing to GCSE, university and/or employment.


You will be part of a small, friendly classroom and will focus on building everyday practical skills such as problem solving, handling information and data, calculating ratios, averages and areas of shapes and space, working towards the reformed qualification in Functional Skills mathematics.


The qualification comprises one assessment of two sections – non-calculator and calculator.


How will I be assessed?

The Functional Skills qualification consists of one externally assessed assessment, comprising two separate sections – a non-calculator section and a calculator section.


There will be the opportunity to sit mock exams, in preparation, and your tutor will provide written and verbal feedback.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

Your weekly three-hour session will be split into two equal parts offering a mix of face to face teaching (50%) and remote home study (50%). Students will be expected to complete work set by the tutor at home, in order to prepare for the following week's face-to-face classroom session. Homework will be set and marked weekly.


The face-to-face sessions will be carefully planned by the tutor to deliver the information each student needs to succeed in their studies. Remote activities could include online and offline tasks. Once you enrol you will be given 1 ½ hour classroom-based session that you will attend each week. Further guidance and support will be provided to ensure that you succeed at your home study too.

Where will this course take me?

Functional Skills qualifications for Levels 1 and 2 are progression routes towards the GCSE. When a qualification is successfully achieved you will have the option to progress onto a higher-level Functional Skill or a GCSE.

How much will it cost?

If you have lived within the EU for the previous 3 years and do not already have a GCSE grade C or above in this subject then you qualify for full course funding.

I'm interested. What should I do now?



Once you apply online, your centre team will send you all the information you need to enrol and get set up on your course remotely.


You will undertake online Initial and Diagnostic Assessments to assess the most appropriate level of study. It is vital that you complete this assessment on your own and to the best of your ability.


Your centre team will contact you once this is completed, and talk you through your results and the level that has been set and your prior achievement – and you will agree the course level and your method of delivery. Identification will be confirmed and the enrolment process completed. However please be aware that it will be the tutor's discretion to change your level if they feel this is not right for you, once you begin your course.

Days & times

Starting 22/02/2021

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