Foundation and First Steps

If you’re more of a beginner, our Foundation and First Steps classes can help you move forward at a gentle pace. With no exams involved and small, friendly classes, they are a great starting point, and can even act as a stepping stone onto an accredited qualification.

Foundation English

Our Foundation English class is for those who would benefit going back to the beginning. You’ll learn about the sounds and shapes of letters and how to fit them together, as well as reading and writing sentences.


First Steps English

A step up from Foundation English, this course is for people who already have basic skills and would like to progress further. It will help people to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills by working on writing in full sentences with the appropriate grammar, reading for understanding and developing confidence in speaking and listening.

First Steps Maths

Our First Steps Maths course is aimed at people who have very basic Maths skills and want to develop their understanding of Maths. The areas covered will help increase confidence at home or at work, and the sessions will include various fun and engaging activities. 

Qualification courses

These courses are formal and, if successfully achieved, will result in a nationally-recognised and accredited qualification. 

Functional Skills

Our Functional Skills courses in English and Maths last around eighteen weeks (including the exam), and are suitable for those without English or Maths GCSE at A*-C/9-4 or a previous Level 2 Functional Skills qualification.

Our classes are relatively small in number, providing a relaxed, nurturing environment to learn in, with friendly and supportive tutors helping you every step of the way. Before joining a class, you will need to come into the centre and do a pre-course skills check. Skills checks allows us to see where the gaps in your knowledge may be, and get an idea of what level you may be studying towards. If you want to brush up your skills and get qualified, improve your skills for work or to know how to help your child with homework, get in touch.




Our GCSE English and Maths courses only start once a year, in September, and run through to the following May/June. We ask that learners have already achieved a D/3 in a previous GCSE, or are at a Level 2 Functional Skills standard. Like with our Functional Skills courses, they are relatively small in number and delivered by friendly and supportive tutors. You will also need to come in for a pre-course skills check before starting the course.