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Improve English and maths skills

What can I learn?

If you are unsure about your English or maths skills being good enough, we offer courses that will help you.  English and maths skills are essential in enabling people to function in society and progress in learning and employment.  We offer a variety of courses that run at different times throughout the academic year which will help either to start you from scratch or give that bit of support you maybe need to help your confidence in reading and writing.  We recommend you contact your local centre for more information before enrolling on any of these courses.

Some of the courses on offer in 2014/15 include:

Maths and English Workshops/Assessments

  • Maths and English Beginners Workshop - do you feel you need to learn the basics of maths and/or English to help you get on in life?  We will create a programme for your individual needs that can help you to develop your skills in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Work at your own pace in small groups and, if you wish, gain a free qualification at an appropriate level.

  • NEW FOR AUTUMN 2014 - Maths and English Initial Assessment Day - this one day assessment will evaluate your maths and English skills prior to you enrolling on an accredited course.

  • Maths and English for Life and Work Initial Assessment - the first week consists of an initial assessment of your maths and English skills.  You will then progress to the introductory programme for a further four weeks.  During this time you will receive information, advice and guidance regarding qualifications needed and complete an English or Maths Award (EMA).  You will then have the opportunity to progress to work towards free maths or English awards or functional skills up to Level 2.

 

Maths

  • Maths for Life and Work - support with all areas of numeracy to help you cope with everyday life at work or home.  Learn new skills or brush up on old ones.  Work at your own pace in small groups and gain a free qualification at an appropriate level.
  • NEW FOR AUTUMN 2014 - Maths for Life and Work Level 2 Fast Track - support with all areas of numeracy to help you cope with everyday life at work or home.  Learn new skills or brush up on old ones.  You must attend Monday to Friday for the entire two weeks in order to gain a free qualification.

 

English

  • English for Life and Work - support with all areas of literacy to help you cope with everyday life at work or home.  Learn new skills or brush up on old ones.  Work at your own pace in small groups and gain a free qualification at an appropriate level. 
  • English for Life and Work Level 2 Fast Track - support with all areas of literacy to help you cope with everyday life at work or home.  Learn new skills or brush up on old ones.  You must attend Monday to Friday for the entire two weeks in order to gain this free qualification.

 

GCSEs

Please note that all GCSE courses start in September/October 2014 and you are unable to join the course part way through.  All exams will be taken May/June 2015.

  • English GCSE Introduction - it is essential to complete this free introductory course prior to enrolling on the main GCSE course.  This introduction will give you the opportunity to find out more about the full course.  You will undertake an initial assessment and receive information, advice and guidance about your options.  Progression, if appropriate, will be to English GCSE

  • English GCSE - This is an accepted qualification for teacher training, other university courses and employment.  You must attend the introduction before enrolling on this course.  You will explore a range of literary and language topics and may progress to A Level English.

  • Maths GCSE Introduction - it is essential to complete this free introductory course prior to enrolling on the main GCSE course.  This introduction will give you the opportunity to find out more about the full course.  You will undertake an initial assessment and receive information, advice and guidance about your options.  Progression, if appropriate, will be to Maths GCSE.

  • Maths GCSE - it is essential that learners attend the four week introduction prior to enrolling on this course.  This is an accepted qualification for teacher training, other university courses and employment.  Exams are taken at the end of the course in May/June 2015.  There are two tiers of entry and learners may progress to other GCSEs or A Level.

 

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)

  • ESOL Initial Assessment - if English is not your first language and you want to improve your understanding of the English language then one of our ESOL workshops will be right for you.  The initial assessment will identify where you are now and which ESOL workshop (see below) is more suitable.
  • ESOL Entry Level 1 Workshop - during the ESOL initial assessment course you will undertake a skills assessment and receive information, advice and guidance about the range of qualifications on offer to help you improve your English to cope with everyday situations in your home life, work or studies.  Develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing and prepare to take appropriate entry level qualifications. 
  • ESOL Entry Level 2 and 3 Workshop - during the ESOL skills and language workshop improve your English to cope with everyday situations in your home life, work or studies.  Develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing and take appropriate entry level qualifications.  You will have the opportunity to work towards free short progression awards or English functional skills awards up to Level 2.

If there is a course you would like that we do not currently offer, please contact your local adult education centre to discuss your requirements.

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Where can I learn?

There are seven main adult education centres around the East Riding of Yorkshire and many of our courses are taught in these centres.  Throughout the year we also use over 100 additional external venues for courses so there should usually be a venue close to you that will have something run by the adult education service. 

For more information on the venues, please see the Venue details page.

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How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification). 

For more information on course types, concessions and paying by instalments, please see our How much it costs page.

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How do I find and book on a course?

Please use our interactive course finder where you can search for courses by title, subject or location.  Please note, you will be able to enrol on all our 2014/15 courses from 21 July 2014 onwards.  

If you do not want to book online, you can also contact your nearest adult education centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you.   Please see the How to Enrol page for more information on the alternative ways to book your course.

 

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