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English, Maths and ICT

Our English, Maths and ICT courses will provide you with essential skills and qualifications for work and everyday life and enable progression onto further study. 

Why should I study English and Maths?

English and Maths skills are vital for many jobs and daily life. Achieving qualifications in English and Maths will improve your employment prospects and further study opportunities.

We offer a range of fully-funded Functional Skills English and Maths courses, from Entry Level to Level 2, with the flexibility to sit your assessments throughout the year.

Functional Skills qualifications offer you an alternative to GCSEs. Many universities and education establishments accept Functional Skills as part of their entry criteria as a Level 2 qualification is the equivalent of a GCSE pass at grade C/4.


Develop digital skills for study, work and life

Our ICT courses for adults develop the practical skills you need to confidently use a computer and digital software in everyday life and work. With technology becoming essential in many job roles and ever more prominent in personal life, our nationally recognised Functional Skills qualifications improve your employability and further study opportunities and give you the knowledge to succeed. 

Our courses are free*

Our courses are fully-funded if you have not previously achieved a GCSE grade A*-C, or a 4 or higher.

Many of our courses may also be free to those aged over 19 and are unemployed or on a low income.

For more information and to check your eligibility for funding, please contact us.


Learn in a supportive environment

Develop your skills in a friendly environment with dedicated, supportive teachers who will give you the confidence to succeed and gain the essential qualifications you need to progress.

We offer a range of academic, pastoral, and financial student support to help you fulfil your potential.

Students learning Functional Skills at Folkestone Centre

“I’m from Bangladesh and I came here three years ago. English is not my first language so I find it quite hard to communicate with people so I joined this English class recently to help me improve.

I have learnt lots of things such as speaking, listening, reading, writing as well as ICT skills. I am now on the Entry Level 3 course after finishing Entry Level 1 and Entry Level 2. The teachers help us understand the problems that we are facing and see how to face them head on.”

Functional Skills English, Entry Level 3

“There is always something for you with our range of courses that we offer.

We never close the doors to anyone at EKC Training and we will guide anyone to what they want to progress onto. We work with students to find the right course that will enable them to go into the industry that they want.

We also remove barriers for learners so they have all got the opportunity to learn. Courses offered are available face-to-face and online to be as flexible as possible.”

Kurtis Watson
Lecturer, EKC Training Dover Centre:
Sophie, Functional Skills student sitting in a classroom.

“I like that studying here at a centre lets me learn English and Maths surrounded by people who are all of similar ages. We help each other out with the work and everyone is in the same boat. The course is great and it has really helped bring out confidence in myself.

These courses will help you with skills that you never had before and the support is really strong. All the tutors care about how you learn and they try to make it as fun as possible.”

Functional Skills English and Maths, Level 1

Five reasons to learn English and Maths

27 October 2023
Functional Skills in English and Maths improve your employment and further study opportunities. Here are some reasons to study English and Maths.

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