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Functional Skills courses in Maths and English


In conjunction with Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning, we are offering City and Guilds Functional Skills Courses in Maths and/or English for parents and carers who do not currently have a GCSE qualification in these subjects. The courses offer a chance to develop your skills in a relaxed and fun way, working in a group with similar interests and gain a nationally recognised City and Guilds qualification. Both courses run weekly over 24 weeks of the school year. Exams are taken during and at the end of the course so learners will need to be able to attend the course every week.

Learners will be assessed at the beginning to see whether they should enter at level one or level two. A level two pass is equivalent to a grade 4 pass at GCSE )(previously a pass at grade C). Students achieving a level one pass may wish to continue studying to take the level two examination.

NB There is a registration charge of £5 per learner per course.  

We are intending to hold an Introduction and Information session for anyone who is interested in enrolling on the 24 week English Functional Skills course to come along, meet the tutor, ask questions and find out if this is the right course for you.  If not, we will direct you to courses that will be suitable. Your skills will be assessed and you will progress at an appropriate level.  *You may need to start at Level 1 rather than Level 2.


To register your interest in either of these courses contact or call 01727 754113.

The course is ideal for  sixth formers studying art who wish to extend and develop their sketch book skills and learn new techniques as well as adults wishing to develop printing and collaging skills.  Suitable for beginners. You need not be skilled in drawing to be able to create interesting and successful images. 

This six week course will start with an introduction to drawing techniques and monoprinting, progressing into gum arabic transfer - a simple way of transfering images- to building up images to print with acrylics and ink.  You can work in a sketchbook to experiment and develop your work, and then print either small books, cards or produce your own prints for framing.


You will need to bring your own A2 sketchbook (ring bound good quality cartridge paper); inks, paint, rollers and other materials will be provided.

The second course this term will be suitable for people who wish to continue from the first course but will still be able to accommodate beginners. 

The course is not running this term.  To be considered for the next dates, email or call 01727 754113 for more information or to register for a place.

A great course for primary school parents wanting to refresh their maths skills and learn how maths is taught in school today so they can help and support their children. Run in conjunction with Herts Family Learning Service, the course includes:

  • an overview of maths learning in school and the Maths Hour
  • the language of maths
  • understanding place value of digits in a number, and partitioning
  • the methods taught in school for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • the role of number bonds



This course is an excellent introduction for people interested in taking the Functional Skills Maths course running next year from the Autumn Term onwards. ( Please see our Functional Skills course page for more details.)

"It's been brilliant to be exposed to the terminology and methods that are now taught. I feel I can really interact a lot better with the kids' homework as well as inspire mathematical thinking through all the great games that Caroline has shared." BPK

This course, run in conjunction with HAFLS ( Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning), will be running for five weeks in the summer term 2018.  You may also be interested in the rollowing courses we are running:

  • Assertiveness 9 Nov to 7 Dec 2017  
  • Boost your confidence 11 Jan to 8 Feb 2017

It's ideal for anyone who has been out of work for some time and would like some help in preparing for the job market. 

Confidence and Communication Skills

Become more confident about your own values and skills as a potential candidate. Improve your speaking and listening skills  throughout the course. 

 Effective Job Search and Applications

Guidance on completing an efficient job search, indentifying personal skills, meeting the requirements of applications  and tips on how to aim at achieving an interview offer. 

Essential interview Techniques 

 Interview preparation and valuable  techniques and tips for effective performance.

 The course is suitable for anyone with a good level of spoken and written English and is delivered by an experienced, fully  qualified teacher who is able to tailor the content for a range of career levels.  

‘It feels good to learn something new in a welcoming and friendly environment……..helpful and practical information about how to get through an interview. Course well structured and with loads of answers and solutions to everything related to a job interview"

Not running this term. 


This two hour workshop introduces a range of games and activities that parents can play with their children to develop their maths skills in a fun and enjoyable way. Day time or evening session available. Please email to register your interest.