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Adult Maths & English

Welcome to the Buxton & 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.

We offer GCSEs and Functional Skills in both English and maths, at our Leek, Buxton and Derby (Kedleston road) Campuses. Leek and Buxton courses; there are places still available, all applications welcome.

There are places available in the following courses:

Course Campus Start Date No of Weeks
 Functional Skills programmes Buxton/Leek  January 2023 & September 2023 20 weeks
Fast Track GCSE English Buxton 18th March 2023 – 20th May 8 weeks
Fast Track GCSE Maths Leek 18th March 2023 – 20th May 8 weeks
GCSE English and Maths programme Buxton/Leek September 2023 32 weeks


We offer fast track courses in both GCSE English and maths running from March 2023 – May 2023; currently open for applications. The programmes are specifically designed for self-motivated learners who would like to work through the courses at a  condensed, fast-paced curriculum delivered by a specialist tutor face-to-face.  This is an intensive programme and learners must be committed and focussed.

To find out more about the wide range of courses starting this year click here!

At Buxton and Leek College, we have an excellent reputation for our post-16 and adult English and maths results. In the summer 2022 exams we performed at an incredible 14% above the national average in GCSE English and 10% above average achievement in maths.  Read here about how our students did it and how they felt when they ripped open their results envelope!

For further information, contact us on Tel: 0800 074 0099 or via email



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.

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.

Multiply is a new government-funded programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills. Find out more here.



Functional Skills English and maths are assessed through an exam accredited by Pearson’s.

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

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

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 – If you choose to study Functional Skills on campus 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).



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.

View a PDF copy of our ADULT COURSE GUIDE 2022/23 on this page.