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Maths Courses

Our maths courses can help you feel more in control

Please note: all of our maths admission sessions are currently full, however, our teams are working hard to set up additional admission sessions as soon as possible. Please check our website regularly for additional sessions.  

If you want to improve your maths skills for work, further study, to support your children with homework, or simply to make everyday life a little bit easier, then you’ve come to the right place.

Please note: due to Coronavirus it is likely that courses starting in the Autumn Term will either be offered online or as blended learning (a mixture of face to face learning in the classroom and online delivery). We will resume classroom delivery when it is safe to do so.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are qualifications in English and Maths that equip learners with practical skills required in everyday life. It is not just about developing knowledge; it is also about knowing when and how to use the knowledge in real life situations. You can get ahead in work, education and daily life by gaining a Functional Skills qualification.

Our courses are held at venues in Bournemouth, Poole and across Dorset, at different times of the day and evening. Most courses start in September, but there are more opportunities to enrol later in the year. Learners who enrol on our English and Maths Functional Skills courses are funded by the Government. 

We offer a range of long, intensive and fast track courses to suit different abilities and lifestyles. Recognised qualifications are available from Entry Level right up to more advanced qualifications at Level 2. Fast track and intensive courses are particularly suitable if you can commit to studying and revising in your own time and have access to a computer.


Please note: we are no longer able to accept applications for GCSE English and maths this academic year.You may want to consider a Functional Skills English or maths course if you do not already have a Level 2. 

A GCSE is a more intensive academic course, completed within 9 months. It requires your full commitment to achieve success and you will need to allocate a significant amount of time to studying independently. 

You need to be working to at least Level 1 to join a GCSE course. Depending on the results of your assessment, you may be enrolled first on a Functional Skills qualification course to help you develop the foundation skills required before progressing to a GCSE. Similarly, if English is your second language, you may be advised to join one of our ESOL courses first. 

English and Maths GCSE may be fully funded (i.e. you pay no fee) if you do already have a grade C, or grade 4 or above in the subject. If this has already been achieved, you will be required to pay the full cost of £811.00.

What will I learn?

Our tutors will work with you to create a personal learning plan, but all maths courses will help you:

  • Review your understanding of the basics of maths, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and multiplication tables
  • Work on metric measures
  • Work on fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Develop data handling skills including averages, drawing graphs and charts
  • Work on problem solving skills
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Increase job prospects

Where and when are courses held?

Our relaxed and informal courses are held five days a week at venues across Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.

We offer daytime and evening sessions, so you are bound to find something that fits around your lifestyle.

Most courses are 3 hours long and run once a week, although there are intensive options available with courses twice a week for those under time pressure to achieve a qualification and who can commit to studying and revising independently.

We also offer online courses if you have good IT skills and equipment and can work independently with tutor support.

NB. Due to Coronavirus we are currently offering all courses remotely and this may continue in the Autumn Term until we are able to safely return to teaching in the classroom. You will be able to discuss at the admission session if this is right for you.

What will I gain?

At Skills & Learning, we offer a range of qualifications to suit all abilities, including portfolio-based units, stepping-stone assessments, Functional Skills and GCSE.

We will discuss your options and advise you on the best pathway for you, depending on your starting point and what you hope to achieve. 

What is the difference between Maths Functional Skills and Maths GCSE?

A maths Functional Skills qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life, education and work. It is particularly suitable for people who do not have a GCSE Grade C or 4, and who want to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Functional Skills exams can be taken throughout the year. Click here to read our frequently asked questions about our Functional Skills courses.

A maths GCSE is a more intensive academic course, completed within 9 months. It requires your full commitment to achieve success and you will need to allocate a significant amount of time to studying independently. Courses start in September and exams are taken the following May/June  Click here for more information on our GCSE courses.

How much will it cost?

Your study will be fully funded by the Government if you do not yet have a maths GCSE grade C (Level 4) or above. It is important that you make the commitment to attend your course every week.

How do I get started?

The first step is to book onto one of our online Admission Sessions where one of our friendly team will contact you by phone and work with you to choose the right course for your current level of knowledge. Most courses start in September although there are other opportunities to join at set points throughout the year.

Want to enrol on a Functional Skills Maths course?

To enrol on a Maths course you need to book onto one of our Maths admission sessions by completing an online application. 

(Please note you must follow the instructions on the application page carefully) 

If you are not able to complete an application online then please contact us on 01202 262300 or where we will talk through your options 

Want to enrol on a GCSE Maths course?

For Maths GCSE courses you will need to book onto one of our Maths admission sessions by completing an application. 

(Please note you must follow the instructions on the application page carefully) 

If you are not able to complete an application online then please contact us on 01202 262300 or where we will talk through your options 

Want to know more? 

Click here for answers to the questions we get asked most frequently about GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications.

Click here to see our current list of available Functional Skills Maths classes. 

Click here to see our current list of available GCSE Maths classes.

What do our learners say about our Maths classes?  

“I really enjoyed coming to the course. Helped me to believe I can do it! Gives you confidence you can work out more in everyday life” 

“Learning maths has been fun with a great group of people” 

“The tutors and members of staff are very helpful which I really do appreciate. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody.” 

“A brilliant experience. I didn’t know I could do maths until I came here.” 

“I have gained Entry 3 but my main accomplishment is the confidence I have gained. I’m going to take Level 1 next” 

“I didn’t like maths and didn’t think I was very good at it. Turns out I love it and I am quite good at it”

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For enrolment or queries: 01202 262300 | 01305 819059


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