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Adult Maths & English

Welcome to the Buxton and Leek College English and maths family, where you will discover a professional and friendly team of tutors who are experts in their chosen subjects.  You will be made to feel at ease with your study, motivated and engaged, whether you choose on campus or online learning.

We offer GCSE’s and Functional Skills in both English and maths, at our Leek, Buxton and Derby (Kedleston road) Campuses.

We also offer an online programme of study for Functional Skills in English and maths. (Please note: GCSE English and maths is not available online)

At Buxton and Leek College, we have an excellent reputation for our post-16 and adult English and maths results, this year performing at an incredible 12.5% above the national average in GCSE English and at a truly spectacular 19.1% above average achievement in maths.  You can read more about our success here.

adult short courses in maths & english

We have a range of short courses starting in January and at various points throughout the year to find out more and to apply click here !!!


Functional Skills are qualifications in English and maths that equip learners with the basic practical skills required in everyday life, education and the workplace.

Functional Skills on campus is delivered in a classroom environment, you can take your exam during the year at a time when your tutor has assessed you are ready to be entered for your exam.

Functional Skills online is delivered through an online web-based platform over a period of 10 weeks.  Each week you will access new content and be required to complete activities which you submit to your tutor on a weekly basis.  You will be entered for your exam during or after week 11 of your course.

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, speaking and listening.

GCSE maths is designed to reflect an increased focus on applying mathematics in context, problem-solving and reasoning.


Functional Skills English and maths are assessed through an exam accredited by Pearsons.

GCSE English Language is assessed through an exam accredited by AQA.  There are 2 papers to sit in May/June 2021.

GCSE maths is assessed through an exam accredited by AQA.  There are 3 papers to sit in May/June 2021.

At the beginning of your course a tutor will discuss assessments and examinations in more detail.


If you didn’t achieve an English or maths GCSE grade 4 (or above) or a Grade C (or above) then you do not need to pay for a GCSE or Functional Skills course in these subjects.  If you have already achieved a grade 4 or above in English or maths, and wish to retake the qualification to improve your grade, you will not be eligible for funding and there will be a cost for the course which you will be required to pay.

GCSE – Upon completion of your application a tutor will be in contact, to provide you with the appropriate advice and guidance regarding your chosen GCSE subject.

Functional Skills – Whether you choose to study Functional Skills on campus or online you will undertake an initial and diagnostic assessment that will provide an indication of your starting level.  A tutor will discuss the outcome of your assessments and your starting level in greater depth when you have completed them.

(Please note we offer Entry Levels, Level 1 and Level 2 on campus.  We also offer Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills through blended learning, which is a combined approach of campus and online learning)


If you are an organisation who is interested in learning more about our adult courses and how we can support you, please contact our enquiry line for further information contact us on 0800 074 0099.