Adult Learners – English, Maths and Functional Skills

We offer a range of English and Maths courses for adults learners, ranging from entry level and Functional Skills programmes through to intensive GCSE resits.

Please use the menu below for further information about the courses we can offer you.

Adult GCSEs (English Language and Maths)

We offer a GCSE maths resit course over 32 weeks for those aged 19 and over.  This is a part-time course consisting of one 2-hour classroom-based session per week with a subject specialist tutor, and learners can undertake both GCSE Maths and English at the same time. Students are then expected to engage in self-study outside the classroom.

If you are over the age of 19 and studying a vocational course on a full-time basis, GCSE maths and English can be studied as part of your study programme.

If you are aged between 16 and 18 years old you will study English and Maths as part of your main full-time study programme.

GCSE English Language
GCSE Maths

Functional Skills Development in English, Maths and ICT

Colchester Institute offers Functional Skills courses in English and Maths for adult (19+) learners. These programmes provide learning opportunities ranging from Entry Level to Level 2 qualifications, and all our courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Courses are designed to build confidence, aid career development or to help you get back into work.

To support individuals to successfully complete their English and/or mathematic qualifications we offer functional skills via a number of methods to suit your learning style.

For those looking to attend fixed sessions, there are options to study weekly in the classroom at our Colchester Campus or over zoom. Those looking to learn at their own pace can study through our Adult Skills Centres, either independently online or in our Adult Skills Centres, where teachers are on hand to support you along the way. If you wish, you can continue to work independently from home to gain your qualifications more quickly.

City & Guilds Certificate in English or Mathematics Level 1
City & Guilds Functional Skills CertEnglish or Mathematics Level 1 & 2

Adult Skills Centres (Formerly The Learning Shops)

Would you like to do something different or try something new? Our Adult Skills Centres can help you find the course you’re looking for. We have centres in Braintree, Clacton, Colchester and Dovercourt offering a range of flexible learning programmes to learners aged 18 or over. Find out more about our Adult Skills Centres.

Multiply – Free Workshops

Free and flexible training to help with the cost of living

Here at Colchester Institute we’ve developed some free training to help you budget with the cost of living and to support you with your finances. Available to study online or through our Adult Skills Centres in Colchester, Braintree, Clacton and Dovercourt, new dates are now available for classroom-based classes in April.

In partnership with Essex County Council, Colchester Institute are delivering Multiply, which aims to support people aged 19 and over to improve their numeracy skills and gain maths qualifications up to GCSE grades 4 to 9 or A* to C.

Multiply seeks to address the crucial skills gap in Essex, where adult numeracy ranks lower when compared to the national average. It supports ECC’s broader ambition of helping Essex residents to increase their skills and to reduce barriers for disadvantaged groups.

Not a numbers person? Anxious about your maths skills?

Multiply will help you to feel more confident using numbers at work or in everyday life. Learning at a pace that suits you, Multiply offers short, flexible learning opportunities of around six hours.

Online Multiply Courses are now available!

We are able to offer additional Multiply courses which are delivered online through the Skills Network. Available for adults (19+) across the UK until 2025, learners need to be aged 19+ and not have a current mathematics GCSE at grade C or equivalent, or functional skills. These courses are for beginners who want to build on their existing maths knowledge and can be studied at the learners own pace. Accessible on a phone, tablet, PC or laptop, there are also no formal assessments, and all of the courses and units are auto marked and developed by subject experts.

Learners can come into our Adult Skills Centres in Colchester, Braintree, Clacton and Dovercourt in order to do their online Multiply courses, where full support will be provided.

Our Adult Skills Centres can also offer Multiply workshops around Budgeting for home, work and shopping/cooking. If you would like to enquire about these then please contact us for more information.

Kim Palmer
I did all three workshops and found them all very useful, especially the advice regarding credit cards and savings which covered budgeting on limited finances. Also, the conversions in the shopping and cooking workshop addressed using grammes and ounces etc which gave me a better understanding of measurements. I learnt so much information on these workshops, the tutors were fantastic and there was a great atmosphere. I’d like one on travelling to places with advise on finding the cheapest costs.Kim Palmer
The budgeting, savings and loans aspects were the most useful, it may help me in the future. Learning to budget will help me manage my money better. The workshop made me use parts of my brain I’d forgotten about and the tutor was helpfulTeresa Cansdale

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