Functional Skills

Functional skills qualifications are offered for English and Maths. You can study for one subject only, or both.

English – This qualification enables you to develop your abilities to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English and apply this knowledge to familiar situations.

Maths – This qualification will enable you to demonstrate your confidence in using mathematics by giving you the underpinning knowledge and skills to solve straightforward problems.

The qualifications will support your entrance into any career or further learning if you don’t have GCSE equivalents.  They can underpin apprenticeships and technical qualifications.  They will build the core skills you will need for employment (such as being able to solve problems and use technology effectively).



The courses are delivered in a practical way, often linking your learning with projects and activities to help you see how what you have learned can apply in the real world.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for adults and young people of any age and ability.

How long will the qualification take?

For either English or Maths, there are five levels of qualification:

 Entry Levels 1, 2, and 3

  • Each level and subject will take 11 weeks at 1 day per week/ 30 weeks at 2 hours per day

Levels 1 and 2

  • Each level and subject will take 12 weeks at 1 day per week/ 33 weeks at 2 hours per day

Note: these are the minimum amounts of time, and this may vary depending upon the learner’s needs. These courses are currently offered on Thursday and Fridays throughout the year.

Is the course certified?

Yes, you will receive a City & Guilds certificate in Functional Skills




Do I need any specialist clothing or equipment?


Where will it take place?

You will be based at the Humboldt Field Studies Centre and will work within our Marefield Corner woodland and kitchen garden.

Typical group size

  • Group sizes will vary but will generally be no more than 6 service users

How much does this qualification cost?

  • Please enquire for details