It’s never too late to brush up on your Maths & English skills, to give you the confidence to move on to further study at College or University or to even apply for a new job. We offer Functional Skills and GCSEs in both maths & English.
At Buxton & Leek College, we have an excellent reputation for our post-16 and adult maths and English, performing at an incredible 5.45% above the national average in GCSE English and at a truly spectacular 12.9% above average achievement in maths. You can read more about our success here.
About the Course
Functional Skills are qualifications in English and maths that equip learners with the basic practical skills required in everyday life, education and the workplace. This qualification allows you to study a GCSE alongside your Access course or are for anyone who would just like to improve their English and maths skills.
GCSE English language is a flexible specification that is assessed through exams and controlled assessments. It covers the functional elements of English as well as creative writing and speaking and listening. GCSE maths is designed to reflect an increased focus on applying mathematics in context, problem-solving, reasoning and the functional elements of mathematics.
There are no entry requirements for the Functional Skills Level course. You will undertake an initial assessment and a diagnostic that will provide an indication of your starting level. You will be accepted on to a GCSE course if you already hold a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification or if you have a high grade D from a previous exam.
How will I be assessed?
Functional Skills are assessed online when you and your tutor feel you are ready to be assessed. GCSE maths and English are assessed through an exam and are accredited by AQA.
If you didn’t achieve a maths or English GCSE grade A*-C at school then you do not need to pay for a Functional Skills or GCSE course in these subjects. If you have achieved a Grade A*- C and wish to re-take the qualification to improve your grade, the cost of the courses are between £445 and £810 depending on your age.
How to apply
If you are interested in starting a maths &/or English course with us in September, then please complete the below form and you will be contacted with regards to an interview.