English courses

We run a number of English courses for adults over 19 years of age, many of which are free of charge.

If you want to join any of the courses below you will need to complete a skills check first, which will help us to place you in the right course group. 

Complete the form below to arrange a skills check.

Request a skills check

Getting started with English

Courses for beginners who would like to improve their reading and writing skills. This course will develop your confidence and your English skills. You can take a national qualification when you are ready.

Functional skills English

This course will develop your confidence in English and skills such as speaking and listening, spelling, grammar, reading and writing. This is a national qualification which will help you progress onto GCSE.

GCSE English

This short course will help you to improve your skills and find out more about GCSE qualifications. You can progress to a GCSE course in English.

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Courses at all levels are available, from entry level to level 1 and 2. We also work with Job Centre Plus. If you are registered unemployed and would like to join a course, please see your advisor who will make an appointment at one of our centres. ESOL courses are free if you receive certain benefits. We also have ESOL courses for fee payers.