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

Why study English with Skills & Learning?

Developing your English skills with us is about more than just improving your reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar; it also helps you gain the confidence to communicate effectively. We offer daytime and evening courses across Dorset at all levels up to GCSE, with both classroom and online study options.

If you do not yet have an English GCSE grade 4 (C) or above, your study will be fully funded by the Government. It is important that you make the commitment to attend your course every week.

Please enrol on an admission session if you are interested in Entry Level English, Functional Skills English or GCSE English.

Before the admission session, we ask that all learners complete an online assessment; a link will be sent to you with further instructions. If you require further help or would prefer to speak to an advisor, please ring 01202 123444 or email

Alternatively, you are welcome to visit one of our centres in Poole, Bournemouth, Blandford, Dorchester or Weymouth. Find your nearest centre here.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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How can an English course help me?

Taking an English course with Skills & Learning can help you in many ways depending on your goals. An English course can help you to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing and communication skills for work and everyday life. We offer a wide range of courses from ESOL courses to help you become more confident using English as a second language to GCSE and Functional Skills courses for those looking to gain a qualification for work or higher education.

What does an English course entail and what will I learn from it?

Our English courses cover the study of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It may also cover literature, composition, critical thinking, research skills, and intercultural communication. The specific topics covered will vary depending on the level of the course.

How long is the course?

Our English courses run for anywhere from 9 weeks to 35 weeks depending on the level of study.

How often do the English courses run?

We have courses running throughout the year. Our GCSE courses are open for enrolments in between June and August for a September start. Our next GCSE courses will start in September 2024, to add your name to the waiting list please click here and then click on the join waiting list button.

Studying English could lead to…

New qualifications

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

More confidence for communication

Developing your reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills can help give you confidence when communicating at work, in interviews or in everyday situations.

New job prospects

Gaining qualifications and skills can help you improve your job prospects and open up new opportunities and pathways.

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How do I enrol?

1. Once you know you would like to study English with us, please book yourself an admission session. This is a chance for us to meet you, assess your current working level and ensure you are placed on the best course for you.

2. After your admission session, we will offer you a place on a course best suited to your ability. You can then enrol for this online. We will try our best to offer you a course at a convenient time and place for you based on your needs.

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