Online Distance learning
English and maths


The Functional Skills English & maths courses are designed to develop your knowledge up to level two.

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Flexible Open Learning

The overall time taken to achieve your qualification will depend on a number of different factors such as how much time you devote to study, what skills you are starting with and how confident you are with using a computer. Most of your learning will be by following exercises in a series of workbooks or using online resources but there is always a tutor on hand to help you when you get stuck or when you need more explanation.

To get you started, we begin by booking you in for an Induction. This is normally a 2-hour session where you find out about the centre and the centre procedures before completing an initial assessment to find out which course will be best for you.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take me to achieve a qualification?

The length of time to achieve a qualification will depend on your current skills and experience using a computer. For those with some experience the amount of learning is reduced therefore you should achieve more quickly.

What is Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2?

The terms Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 come from the qualifications framework. Entry Level is described as in need of basic knowledge and skills. Level 1 is described as competence which involves the application of knowledge and skills to a range of varied work activities, most of which may be routine or predictable. Level 2 is described as competence which involves the application of knowledge and skills in a significant range of varied work activities, performed in a variety of contexts. Some of the activities are complex or non-routine, and there is some individual responsibility and autonomy. Collaboration with others, perhaps through membership of a work group or team, may often be a requirement.

If the qualification is not exam based then how I do achieve it?

On completion of your learning you will undertake an assignments at the end of each unit, or an exam if studying English and maths.