At our King's Lynn campus, Wisbech campus and online, we offer courses on an one evening a week basis to help you gain qualifications which may be required in your working life. We have a thriving provision for adult learners and our numbers have grown considerably in recent years.
We offer functional skills courses at both our King's Lynn and Wisbech campuses, as well as online, in Maths and English at level 1 and level 2 standard. Functional skills qualifications run for up to 18 weeks (either September - December or February - July). You will study one two hour lesson each week but there will be additional work and support on our virtual learning platform, LEARN.
Whilst you are not able to study both English and Maths at the same time, you could complete both in the same year (English in September and Maths in February, for example).
What are functional skills courses?
Our functional skills courses are to build confidence to help improve your English and/or Maths and provide essential knowledge, skills and understanding. The skills taught will help you participate and process in education, training and employment.
What happens after I apply?
If you are interested in starting an English or Maths programme with us, you will need to attend an assessment / enrolment slot to help us determine the most appropriate course for you. After your application, you will be given access to log in to the student portal and book an assessment slot. Following your booking, you will be sent an email with an assessment to complete remotely. You'll then attend the assessment booking at the campus to learn what studying at CWA as an adult is really like and the best course for you based on your result and circumstances.
Functional skills qualifications are free for those who do not already have a level 2 or GCSE in the chosen subject.
Adult (19+) learners
Depending on your age, course, educational history and personal circumstances, there may be options available for you to receive a course fully-funded by the government. Our fee calculator will help give you an idea on whether you'll be able to have your course fee waived or covered by an Advanced Learner Loan.
Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan
If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.
Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
Functional Skills qualification in Maths (Level 1 or 2)
How is my course assessed?
You are assessed in functional skills through an exam which is taken during a set week during your course. Functional skills exams can be retaken. The exam has two parts - one with a calculator and one without.