English and Maths - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

English and Maths

English & Maths courses

Our English courses are for adults whose first language is English and who want to improve their reading, writing, speaking or listening skills for work, home or in the community.

Our maths courses are open to everyone, regardless of your first language, and will help you to become more confident with using numbers; measures, shape and space; data handling.

You can choose to do maths and/or English – it’s your choice.

How will improving my English and maths skills help me?

Our courses can help you to:

  • Gain confidence
  • Find a new job
  • Get a promotion at work
  • Gain a qualification
  • Help your children with their school work

What will I learn on English and maths courses?

We work with all learners, from Pre- Entry level to Level 2. It doesn’t matter what your starting point is, we can help you to become more confident about your skills.

You will work with other adults, at similar levels to you, in small friendly groups with an experienced tutor. You can brush up on all the skills you need in everyday life e.g.

  • Spelling strategies for words you find difficult
  • Punctuation marks (capital letters, commas, apostrophes)
  • Reading texts (newspaper articles, formal letters, reports)
  • Writing documents (notes, letters, job applications, emails)
  • Speaking up and listening for detail (at meetings and interviews)
  • Handling money and budgeting
  • Weights and measures e.g. for cookery or DIY
  • Percentages, decimals and ratios
  • Interpreting data

How will I find a course that is right for me?

You can join most courses throughout the year. If you would like to enrol, please book an appointment to see us. At your appointment, you will complete an informal assessment to help us find the best course for you.

How much do the courses cost?

Our courses are for adults who do not already have A*- C grade GCSE. Most English courses are free if English is your first language*. If English is not your first language find out more (depending on UK residency). Maths courses are free to everyone*

*Depending on residency requirements

When and where are the courses?

We have daytime and evening courses in different places across the county, including Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe. We will try to find you a course at a time and location to suit you. We also offer Blended Learning which gives you the flexibility to study online and face-to-face.

We offer City and Guilds Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths from Entry 1 to Level 2, with the opportunity to progress to GCSE, where appropriate. When you start your course, your tutor will talk to you about your aims and will help you to decide which route is right for you.

Book an Assessment

We work with learners of all abilities – from beginners (Pre-Entry) to Level 2 (GCSE).  We ask you to come and see us before starting a course as this helps us to make sure the course is right for you. You can also join most classes at different times throughout the year.

Please complete the assessment booking form and we will contact you to arrange an assessment date.

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What our learners say:


“I absolutely hated school when I was younger and the thought of ever studying again or going into further education was a nightmare for me but this course has given me so much confidence, not just in my English abilities but in my ability to actually focus and enjoy education.”

“I was frightened about being a mature student studying English. When I joined the class the other learners made me feel welcomed and not stupid. The tutor built my self-confidence and always welcomed ideas.”

“I gained more confidence in knowing there are other people in the ‘same boat’ as me. I’m also now able to help my daughter with her GCSE English.”


“I found out that my maths skills were not as bad as I thought. I just needed someone who was very patient and understanding to help me get over my fear of maths.”

“Attending a maths class has given me a lot of confidence in my own abilities to apply myself – particularly with a subject I find so difficult.”

“It has shown me that I am capable at maths after all. I thought the teaching was excellent. The tutor was both patient and informative and was able to explain methods in a clear and concise way with humour and warmth.”