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Free courses for adults

English and Maths

Our learners tell us that studying English and maths as an adult is a life-changing experience. As well as nationally recognised adult qualifications, you will gain confidence, talk about local people, places and issues, make new contacts and, if you want it, get advice on career choices. Some people even say they now love maths!

York Learning run weekly daytime and evening sessions at various venues across the city. Following a one to one assessment to discuss your needs, you’ll join one of our friendly groups and, using local and real-life resources, you will be guided by expert tutors towards your goal.


A-C grades are required for many jobs and for access to several further/higher education options including nursing or PGCE.

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Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills qualifications for employment, to return to learning or to prepare for further/higher education, apprenticeships and GCSE.

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Entry 2-3 English and maths qualifications to brush up on the basics and gain confidence.

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Basic reading, writing or maths skills for those who may need additional support.

English and maths courses are free, subject to eligibility

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages courses run in the city centre and in Acomb. Charges may apply to these courses, depending on status.

Courses for the Workplace – If you’re an employer or you would like to arrange courses in your workplace, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

GCSE English and Maths – GCSE courses run from September to June and are always very popular. Our adult GCSE groups are relaxed, well supported and flexible, to fit in with your life and work commitments. Our tutors work with each individual towards achieving their goal. Information and assessment days will run from April 2019 so to give yourself the best chance of reserving a place, book in early. Find out more about GCSE English and maths courses.

or fill in the form below if you would like more information about English or Maths courses before applying, or would like information about English courses for speakers of other languages.


Functional Skills - Entry LevelFunctional Skills - Level 1Functional Skills - Level 2
GCSE - A*-C (grades 4-9)GCSE - D/3 or below
ESOL - Entry LevelESOL - Level 1ESOL - Level 2
I do not have any existing English or Maths qualifications