English & Maths

Boost your confidence and express yourself with the basics

School’s out and you didn’t get the grades. Maybe you struggled and didn’t achieve the grades you needed, or school was a while ago and you need qualifications to get the job you want?


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The good news is that it’s never too late to learn.

English and maths are important skills that will benefit you in many ways, including gaining independence, career choices, your daily life and your general health and wellbeing.

Having a good understanding of English and maths is essential in most job roles and will also enable you to transfer your skills to other areas of life such as working with money or helping your children with their homework.

Why should I choose SS&L as my training provider?

At Somerset Skills & Learning, we pride ourselves on having a team of some of the most experienced and professional tutors in the county. We offer both day, evening and online classes in most of our subjects to enable you to fit your studies around daily life, and our small class sizes make us a preferred option for many seeking more one-to-one tutor support.

What qualities do I need to succeed?

To succeed in maths and English, you need to demonstrate commitment to learning. You’re required to attend every class (unless otherwise agreed with your tutor), and will also be required to complete regular homework, so commitment and perseverance are key to success! As our classes are small in comparison to colleges and some other training providers, an open and positive attitude to learning is also important.

What can I study at SS&L?

We offer beginners English, maths confidence building workshops, Functional Skills qualifications and GCSEs in both maths and English. You can attend classes at one of our Somerset centres or study online – the choice is yours!

English for Beginners (ESOL)

If English isn’t your first language and you want to learn, come and join our friendly and supportive ESOL courses. These workshops focus on all 4 skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing and you’ll learn English grammar as well. You can progress onto English Intermediate, and also our ESOL qualification courses too! These look great on your CV…

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Maths – Building Confidence

We recognise that maths anxiety is real, and we’re here to support anyone who wants to overcome barriers to learning maths and build confidence. It doesn’t matter if you’re revisiting maths after a long break, or simply wish for help in using maths to support your everyday life. We will support you and make it fun!

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Functional Skills qualifications

Functional Skills qualifications help you improve your skills and gain a nationally recognised City & Guilds qualification in three tiers, Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2. These qualifications are designed to help you apply maths and English skills in the real world, so the study topics are put into everyday, practical contexts. You can use these qualifications to improve your CV, help you at work and in your daily life, and if you want to qualify further, you can progress to GCSE.

The duration of your course will vary depending on the level and learning required, but the average course will last between four and six months.

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GCSE grade 4 (or C equivalent) or higher in maths and English are often a requirement for many jobs, and we are here to help you achieve this with our 9 month courses! Our small classes, friendly expert tutors and modern teaching methods are all designed to help you succeed. Take a look at what our student Tess has to say, and find out why we are different from college…

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Functional Skills or GCSE?

Once you apply for any English or maths course with us you will need to complete a short online assessment. We will use this to help you decide on the qualification that is right for you. All our Functional Skills and GCSE courses are free and we offer free preparation courses, either as a taster to see if it’s for you or as a first step towards your qualification.*

What might be difficult for me? 

Taking on an English or maths course can be a nerve-wracking experience and you may not have had a pleasant experience of these subjects at school. Our aim is to help you break down your barriers and overcome your fears of these subjects. We want you to enjoy your learning and we aim to make English and maths fun and accessible for all.

What support will I get?

You will receive an induction before starting your course, support in the classroom or online from your subject tutor and will also be given access to a variety of resources for use in the classroom and for self-study.

We have access to a team of Learning Support Workers (LSW) and a LSW can be assigned to anyone who may have learning difficulties or disabilities and needs more support to achieve their qualification.

What’s in it for me?

You will gain confidence, skills and knowledge that will open doors to further study and improved career opportunities. These qualifications will help you communicate and understand the world around you.

During the course you have the flexibility to work at your own pace with access to free online resources for your self-study. Your tutor will maintain regular contact with you and support you throughout.

I’ve qualified – what next?

For learners achieving Functional Skills in English or maths, there is the option to progress on to a GCSE English or maths course.

As English and maths skills are essential for many further education courses and job roles, achieving English and maths qualifications will open up a variety of progression opportunities.

What’s next?

Want to discuss your options or unsure about what’s available to you? Contact our friendly team who’ll be more than happy to help.

Send us a message0330 332 7997

*Eligibility criteria applies:

  • be aged 19 or over
  • have lived in the UK/EU for the last 3 years
  • currently reside in England
  • must not previously have achieved GCSE grade 4 / C or above or equivalent

English & Maths at a glance:

  • Nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Functional Skills at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2.
  • GCSE maths & English.
  • Free courses.
  • Full tutor support, with small friendly classes.
  • Evening and day courses.

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