Basic Skills in English and Maths

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Title: ESOL Vocational

Pathway: Basic Skills in English and Maths

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

You will study English/ESOL and maths alongside a vocational qualification at Level 1. 

16-18 - Level 1 Business with ESOL/Functional Skills

Learners study ESOL/Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 1(some learners will complete Level 2 dependant on progress) alongside the Level 1 Certificate in Business. 

16-18 - Level 1 - General Vocational with ESOL/Functional Skills

This course is for second language learners offered a place on Level 1 vocational courses within college but support in improving their English at Level 1.  Learners study their chosen vocational course in college alongside English/ESOL and Maths within the ESOL faculty. 

19+ - Level 1 Health & Social Care with ESOL/Functional Skills

This course is for adults with an interest in working in the health and social care sector.  Learners study Level 1 Health & Safety alongside English/ESOL.  More information is available at assessment. 

This provision is under review so other vocational areas may come available - the tutor will give you more information at assessment.

How will I be assessed?

You will be given regular tests to check your progress in English and maths.

For the vocational element of the course you will complete assignments and coursework for each unit during the course.

What will this lead to?

You will be able to progress to Level 2 vocational provision (dependant on entry requirements) and into work. 

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

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If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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