Admission to the course is by interview and assessment; no formal qualifications are required. Once you have applied, you will be invited to an information, interview and assessment session during which English and Mathematics skills will be assessed so that we can advise you which class will be the most suitable one for you to join.
On the 30 week course, you will study Mathematics, English and Research, IT and Study Skills. You will take qualifications in English and Mathematics. Depending on your starting point, these will be Functional Skills or GCSE qualifications. On the 15 week course starting in March, you will study Maths and/or English and take Functional Skills qualifications.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their English, Mathematics and study skills in order to progress to a higher level of study within the college. It can prepare you for the Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma or for GCSE study, depending on your starting point.
English: Writing for different audiences and purposes, including academic writing; reading different texts with speed and accuracy; spelling, punctuation and grammar. Mathematics: numeracy (including fractions, ratios, percentages); statistics (including averages, probability); problem-solving.
You will also carry out an independent research project on a topic of your own interest, learning to use the internet for find information and developing you IT, time-management and study skills.
Development of Maths and English
Maths and English skills are the core of this course.
Employability Skills Development
The course is specifically designed to prepare you for further study.
How will the course be taught?
The course is taught through classroom teaching and your own independent research, guided by your tutors. You can study day time or evening.
How will I know how well I am doing?
There are regular informal tests to show you how well you are doing before you take the formal tests for qualification.
Are there any additional costs?
There are no additional costs. The college offers a bursary scheme. You can apply for a bursary to help with costs such as travel or childcare, for instance, and the amount you are awarded will depend on your income.
What course can I do next?
Courses at a higher level, such as GCSEs or Access to Higher Education.
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Apply through our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk. You will be invited to an information, assessment, interview and advice session.
These courses are free to adults who do not already hold English and Maths qualifications at these levels.