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Do you want to increase your confidence in maths and English?

You may want to improve your spelling, tackle those problems with numbers, help your children with their homework or get a qualification.

There is a range of ‘Skills for Life’ qualifications that are designed to help you develop the skills you use in everyday life, such as reading, writing or maths. These are sometimes called literacy and numeracy or ‘Functional Skills’ and may include Information Communication Technology (ICT) as well as English and maths.

As well as 'Skills for Life', you may have also heard people talking about 'Basic Skills', These terms mean the same thing and refer to the same qualifications. Now ‘Functional Skills’ have been introduced to help you improve skills that can be used in work and in life in general.

You can take a 'Skills for Life' qualification if you:

  • are over 16 years of age
  • have left full time education
  • do not have an up to date English or maths qualification at level 2, such as a GCSE

'Skills for Life' courses and qualifications are offered at different levels. You are assessed to check that you are starting at the level best for you. This could be an entry level course, level 1 or level 2.

If you have already completed a level 1 Adult Literacy or Adult Numeracy qualification and want to continue your studies you may be asked to take a level 1 ‘Functional Skills’ course, as this is a very big jump from level 1 to a level 2 ‘Functional Skills’ or GCSE qualification.

'Skills for Life' qualifications are based on national standards, so everyone, including employers, can see what you're capable of doing.

'Skills for Life' qualifications can:

  • give you more confidence in your own abilities
  • show what you have achieved in your learning programme
  • improve your CV
  • help you get on to other courses such as NVQs

You can usually take the test for the ‘Skills for Life’ qualifications on paper or on screen using a computer.

Classes are held across Kirklees in community venues and at Kirklees College.

You can study part-time, at times to suit you as classes are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Classes are usually free.  If you are receiving work-related benefits, please speak with your Jobcentre Plus adviser about your interest in a maths or English course as you may also be able to get help with childcare or travel costs.

If you are interested or want to find out more:

See the Learning search or the course providers' contact details below.

Dewsbury Success Centre

Huddersfield Success Centres
Kirklees College

Northern College

Workers Educational Association Yorkshire and Humber

YH Training Services

Kirklees Neighbourhood Learning - Learning in your community