English Next Steps

Welcome to English

English Qualifications: Functional Skills

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers English Functional Skills classes:

  • English Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3

  • English Level 1 and Level 2

One level usually takes one year to complete. Once you pass one level, you can work towards the next level.

Are You Ready for GCSE English?

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers GCSE English, with classes running online.

For details please email Angela Cato angela.cato@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or call 01296 674463. Angela will explain how to enrol for an 'Are You Ready for GCSE English?' online assessment. This assessment is marked by our GCSE English tutors who will contact you with your results, feedback and your next steps.

Find out more about the courses on offer https://www.adultlearningbc.ac.uk/english-maths/

What learners say

Learning online during lockdown

This term, many of our learners started learning online for the first time. Here are some of their comments:

" I love it! I've had one to one support from my tutor just when I've needed it." Amanda

"I know just what to do and the information is all there in Google Classroom when I want it. " Lis

"I was quite shy in class, but I find I can have good conversations online, where I feel more confident". Anon

"Our learning support assistant has called me to give me help with completing assignments. It's great to have that help, because she explains things a bit more." Teresa

"It's handy for me, because I have children at home." Farhat


Functional Skills Work

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Pandemic Papers

A good read!

Here is a link to an ebook created by some of our GCSE English / Functional Skills learners during lockdown.


Where could English take you?

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning also offers:

Continue your learning with:

  • Buckinghamshire College Group based in Aylesbury, Amersham and Wycombe provides a range of full and part-time further and higher education courses, plus Apprenticeships and adult education courses. 0800 614016 www.buckscollegegroup.ac.uk

  • Buckinghamshire New University has three main campuses in High Wycombe, Uxbridge and Aylesbury. They offer university degree programmes: nursing, health and social care, cyber fraud detection, textiles and aviation. 01494 522 141 www.bucks.ac.uk

  • Milton Keynes College offers full time and part time courses from GCSEs to HNDs, as well as professional skills courses and apprenticeships. 01908 684444 www.mkcollege.ac.uk

  • East Berkshire College a Further Education college based in the south-east (Langley, Slough & Windsor) provides over 800 part-time and full-time courses. 01753 793000 www.eastberks.ac.uk

  • University of Hertfordshire offers a wide range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Professional and Short courses. 01707 284000 www.herts.ac.uk/

  • Open University offers over 180 courses for distance learning. 0300 303 5303 www.open.ac.uk/

  • Future Learn offer free online courses www.futurelearn.co.uk


If you are job-hunting, you could :


If you need support :

  • Bucks Mind support for people with mental health difficulties, call them on 01494 463364 www.bucksmind.org.uk

  • Samaritans Offers telephone support anytime about issues you are facing, call them free on 116123 www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you

  • Better Health – Healthy food and activity tips for you and your child

  • Buckinghamshire Family Information service – Find out what's happening in Buckinghamshire for you and your family www.bucksfamilyinfo.org

  • Citizens Advice - Online free advice from Citizens Advice to help you find a way forward, whatever the problem www.citizensadvice.org.uk

  • Money Saving Expert Guides, tips articles and a forum about mortgages, credit cards, loans and money saving tips www.moneysavingexpert.com

  • The National Domestic Violence charity supports those experiencing violence at home 0808 2000247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/