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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. 

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. You should have access to IT equipment with an internet connection suitable for streaming video content. Learn online, in your own time, at your pace, for free.

How do I start my course?

Select the OpenLearn course you are interested in from the links below. You’ll then need to create an account with the Open University, sign in and then enrol on the course by clicking the ‘Enrol’ button. In order to get the Open University badge you must work through every section of the course and complete the end of course quiz, scoring 70% or above.

Once you have gained your Open University badge please email admissions@westherts.ac.uk to book your official Functional Skills exam(s) here at West Herts College. The English qualification requires three exams and the maths qualification one exam. All exams need to be completed by 5 July 2019 and we require at least 2 weeks’ notice from you to sit an exam.

Click here for the Level 1 English course

Click here for the Level 1 maths course

Click here for the Level 2 English course

Click here for the Level 2 maths course

 

Click here for logon instructions.

Course requirements

To enrol on the 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.

Click here for more information if you are a business or community organisation.

Click here for more information if you are an individual learner.

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