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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. 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.  Each online course can be completed with as little as 48 study hours. Learn online, in your own time, at your pace, for free.

There are two options available to you:

  1. Non Qualification Route: Complete the free OpenLearn online course(s) and assessments to receive an Open University badge which can be added to your employment profile and your CV. Start learning now! 

Click here for the Level 1 English course

Click here for the Level 1 maths course

Click here for logon instructions.

Level 2 courses go live here on Thursday 18 April. 


  1. Qualification Route: Apply to enrol with West Herts College for an online Functional Skills qualification in maths or English at Level 1 or Level 2. Once you have completed the online course and achieved your Open University badge you book with us to take the NCFE Functional Skills exam(s) in College before 5 July 2019.

Information and Assessment Session

If you decide on the qualification route you will need to apply and attend an information and assessment session in College.

What will happen in the information and assessment session?

You will complete an online initial assessment and diagnostics to find your current skill level in English 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.

Course requirements

To enrol on the qualification 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 do I need to bring with me to the information and assessment session?




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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