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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, as well as motivated and engaged.

We offer Functional Skills in both English and maths at our Leek, Buxton and Derby (Kedleston Road) Campuses.  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  TBC Level 1 – 12 weeks / Level 2 – 18 weeks


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.

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.

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 Functional Skills course in these subjects.

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 our all new adult course guide here!