Focus on essential study skills to prepare you for progression to a vocational programme or higher level of study as well as English and maths.

The course will strengthen your English and maths skills to help you fill any gaps that are key to you studying at the next level or getting a job. You'll also improve your understanding of the core business and IT tasks you need for work and study. If you complete the course successfully you could go on to specialise in:

  • Business
  • Childcare
  • IT
  • Health and social care
  • Travel and tourism.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.


You'll be assessed throughout the year through case studies, practical demonstrations, role play, question and answer sessions and written work.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at 16-18 year olds though you may be able to enrol if you're up to 20 years old. You'll need to have an interview with one of our team to check the course is right for you and that you can comfortably keep pace with the other students in the class.

Next Steps

This course will give you the foundations of study you need to enrol on another course with us at a higher level, or you could go straight into work. You should check the entry requirements for any courses you want to study next and talk to our team about the best progression route for you.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

Fee reductions for adult short courses