English & Maths

First Steps Courses for Beginners

If you’re more of a beginner, our First Steps courses in English and Maths will help you move forward at a gentler pace, and with no exams involved. Contact us for more information.

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.

Online Learning

We also offer an online Functional Skills Maths course at Level 2. You can study from the comfort and convenience of your own home, but with the full support of our friendly, approachable tutor. Just like with our classroom-based courses, a pre-course skills check will be required before starting the course. Both this assessment and the exam will take place at our centre in the Oakham Enterprise Park, but the learning itself can be done remotely.

The course is FREE for anyone who does not already have a C/3 or above in GCSE or O level, CSE Grade 1, or A-level Grade E or above. If you’re interested, please call 01572 758283 or email joanna.edwards@peterborough.ac.uk