Essential Skills for Life and Learning

Would you like to gain skills to help you get a better job?

Our range of GCSE & Functional Skills courses can help build your confidence, help you succeed in the workplace, improve your job prospects and pass on your skills to aid your children with their schoolwork. Within small, friendly groups you can work at a pace to suit your ability and individual aims.

Some of the benefits our courses can provide include:

  • The ability to write letters, notes, messages and emails
  • Create a better CV
  • Improve spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Produce succinct reports and summaries
  • Become confident working with everyday numbers for real-life situations
  • Better understanding of the Key Stage 4 curriculum.


Functional Skills:

Our free Functional Skills courses are for anyone who would like to improve their Maths or English for work, education or daily life. You will work at your own pace in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and gain confidence and a qualification. Following an initial assessment, we will design a course to suit your needs.

English topics will include: reading a variety of texts to interpret meaning; writing in a variety of styles - for example letters, emails, newspaper articles and stories, using correct spelling, punctuation and grammar; constructing compound sentences; taking part in group discussions.

Maths topics will include: shape and space; fractions, decimals and percentages; measurement and time; ratio and proportion; handling data and probability; money.

Functional Skills English - ONLINE - September Start - PTB557
Functional Skills Maths - ONLINE - September Start - PTB556
Improve your English - North Devon - PTB568
Improve your Maths - North Devon - PTB569

GCSE Maths & English:

These GCSE courses are designed for adults who may not have studied for some time and who lack confidence in these subjects. They are free, are available in the daytime or evening, and don’t require any entry qualifications. In the first few weeks, we will assess your progress and recommend either a one-year or a two-year GCSE option. If you follow the two-year route you will gain a qualification in Functional Skills Level 1 in the first year, developing your skills and confidence, and then progress on to the GCSE.

GCSE Maths - Online - PTB548
GCSE English - Online - PTB476
GCSE Maths - North Devon - CBB212
GCSE English - North Devon - CBB213
Fast Track English - North Devon - PTB104
Fast Track Maths - North Devon - PTB105
GCSE English (Day) - Mid Devon - PTT242 
GCSE Mathematics (Day) - Mid Devon - PTT247 
GCSE English (Evening) - Mid Devon - currently not available
GCSE Mathematics (Evening) - Mid Devon - currently not available

We also offer community learning programmes in Ilfracombe, Sticklepath and Bideford. Please contact​  for more information.


GCSE Biology, Psychology and Science

Many students hoping to progress to higher education require an improved GCSE profile. GCSE Science and Biology are beneficial to students considering careers in primary school teaching and nursing. This year, we also launched our popular GCSEs in Psychology and Spanish. You may be able to receive funding for these courses, subject to conditions.

GCSE Biology - North Devon - PTB242
GCSE Science - North Devon - not currently available
Biology GCSE Fast Track - North Devon - not currently available
GCSE Psychology - not currently available
GCSE Combined Science Trilogy - North Devon - PTB534
GCSE Combined Science Trilogy - Level 2 - Mid Devon - PTT167

We also offer community learning programmes in Ilfracombe, Braunton and Bideford. Please contact​ for more information.


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL):

When you study on an ESOL course, you will gain the confidence you need to communicate in English at work, in education and in your social life.  You will also meet new friends from all over the world in a relaxed atmosphere.  There are no entry requirements for this course - an initial assessment will determine the correct level of class for you.

We also offer a bespoke programme that can be held off-site. Please contact​  for more information.


Access to Access

If you are looking to enrol on an Access to HE course but feel your confidence and study skills could do with a boost, then this course could be for you.

The course will help you make decisions about your future, and prepare you for progression to further study and improve your Maths and English attainment levels.

The course includes GCSE Maths, GCSE English and a Level 2 NOCN Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (Level 2)

  • Access to Access, North Devon - not currently available

This course is free to learners progressing onto an Access to HE course.

Need further assistance?

Please get in touch with our decicated team:

  • Essential Skills

GCSE English and Maths
GCSE English and Maths