An English Student In The EDC Library

Maths & English

East Durham College is committed to improving the English and Maths of all learners to help them develop their skills for life and work.

Students will be given access to a wide range of learning opportunities and offered an individualised programme of learning.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are practical skills in English and Mathematics that allow individuals to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work. Functional skills give learners the opportunity to develop, practise and apply skills in meaningful contexts, thereby improving their employability and career opportunities.

Functional Skills offer a diverse and flexible provision across a range of levels. Within the last 12 months, English and Maths provision has been successful across a range of levels from pre-entry to level 2. Essential Skills practitioners work with learners in a variety of settings to ensure the provision is accessible for all.

The Essential Skills staff are all highly qualified and experienced practitioners that are sensitive to the needs of students and are dedicated to helping students achieve their potential. The overall success rate is higher than the national average.

The Additional Learning Support team is available to meet students’ needs. Some support options available include one-to-one support for reading, writing and numeracy skills, dyslexia support, in-class support, support for learners with a sensory impairment and counselling services.


If you would like more details or to apply to study GCSE maths or English, rather than Functional Skills, please check out the GCSE Maths & English section of the website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Essential Skills Team on 0191 518 5537.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

These are the remaining courses available for applications that run in this academic year 2017/18. Please check the start dates within the specific course page itself. The courses for the next academic year, 2018/19 are listed in the next section below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.