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Online Learning for Everyday Skills in Maths and English

Do you want to improve your reading, writing or maths skills?

The Open University, in partnership with West Herts College, offers a range of exciting new free OpenLearn online courses in maths and English.

These maths and English courses are available at two levels and you can choose the level that suits your ability and aspirations. They are ideal for anyone looking to upskill for promotion, support children with their homework or anyone studying for personal advancement, including as part of an apprenticeship.

These free courses allow you to study at a pace that suits you. The topics are based on everyday skills and you will learn how to apply them to your home and work life. Each of these courses are divided into a series of easy-to-use sections with interactive quizzes, information sheets and activities to motivate and inspire you. 

Start dates are flexible throughout the year and each online course can be completed with as little as 48 study hours.



Gain a recognised qualification

There are two options available below:                           

  1. Complete the free OpenLearn online course(s) and receive an Open University badge which can be added to your employment profile and your CV. Learn online, in your own time, at your pace, for free.
  2. Enrol with one of the partner colleges for an online Functional Skills qualification in maths or English at Level 1 or Level 2 and sit the exam at college.

Rolling course entry dates from January book your place on an information and assessment session below.


Course requirements

To enrol on these courses you do not need any formal qualifications. However you must be aged 19 or over, a UK/EEA citizen and have a good level of spoken English.

What commitment do I need to make?

Everyday Skills courses can be accessed online anywhere and are designed to fit flexibly around your busy schedules. It is recommended that you commit to at least 5 hours each week for your online study. You should have access to IT equipment with an internet connection suitable for streaming video content.


Information and Assessment Session

Before you start on your course you will need to attend an information and assessment session.

What will happen in the information and assessment session?

You will complete an online assessment to find your current skill level in English and/or maths and will be offered an appropriate course.

You will be in college for up to two hours whilst you complete your assessment and enrolment. We therefore kindly ask you to make alternative childcare arrangements as we cannot accommodate children in college.

What do I need to bring with me to the information and assessment session?



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