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How to enrol on an English, ESOL or Maths course

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  1. How to enrol on an English, ESOL or Maths course
  2. ESOL classes
  3. Functional skills maths classes
  1. GCSE maths classes
  2. Functional skills English class
  3. GCSE English classes

Functional skills English class

How much will the course cost?

Nothing. Functional Skills English courses are funded by the Government.

Where will the course be?

We run classes all across the city (17 different venues in total). We can usually find a class at a venue to suit you.

When will the course be?

We run classes during the school term times. This academic year our term dates will be:

  • Autumn - Monday 17 September - Friday 14 December (12 weeks) (Half term 22 October - 26 October)
  • Spring - Monday 7 Jan - Friday 5 April (12 weeks) (Half term 18 February - 22 February)
  • Summer - Monday 29 April - Friday 12 July (10 weeks) (Half term 27 May - 31 May)

You can enrol on a class at any time during the year.

Classes are one session per week and we have them available every week day.

  • Morning classes are from 9.15am until 11.45am.
  • Afternoon classes are from 12:30pm until 3pm.
  • Evening classes are from 6:30pm until 9pm.

Do you offer childcare?

We have a crèche service available at some venues. If you need crèche, let us know when you enrol and we will do our best to find you a suitable class.

Do I need to be good at English?


You should have good basic English speaking skills.

But it doesn't matter how bad you are at spelling or reading and writing, we can help you. We accommodate anything from absolute beginners up to GCSE level in our Functional Skills classes.

Are there any other entry requirements?

If English is not your first language, you will need to show that you have good basic English speaking skills (Entry Level 3). 

Other than that, there are no formal entry requirements.

Will I get a qualification?


We offer 5 levels of Functional Skills English qualifications: including separate reading, writing, and speaking & listening exams.

The easiest is Entry Level 1, at beginners.

The hardest is Level 2, which is classed as equivalent to a GCSE Grade 4 (what used to be a Grade C).

How do I sign up?

To make sure we get you signed up to the right class, we need to meet you for an assessment. At the assessment we will answer any questions you might have, find out what level of English you are starting from and then find a class that meets your needs.

To arrange an assessment or if you have a question not covered here:

  • Telephone: 024 7683 2100
  • Email - please tell us what area of the city you live in and what times of day you are available for an assessment.

What do I need to bring with me to the assessment?

You will need to prove you are in the country legally (because otherwise we can't claim funding from the Government). To do this we need to see some ID.

  • If you were born in the UK please bring your birth certificate, driving license or passport.
  • If you are an EU citizen please bring your passport/ID card
  • Otherwise, please bring your residents permit, passport with visa or whatever documentation you have that shows your resident status.

We will also need your National Insurance Number.  

This isn't the course I'm looking for. What other English courses do you offer?

  • We also offer GCSE English courses.
  • We also offer ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) - which are courses for people beginning with the English language.

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