Maths and English at East Durham College

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.

That's why we offer completely FREE maths and English tuition/workshops for learners at EDC and the wider community.

Choose your Course

Whether you're a school leaver looking to start a new course with us and didn't get the grades you'd like in maths and English, or whether you're a job seeker looking to expand your skills and gain the qualifications you didn't previously, East Durham College can help you to gain the maths and English qualifications you're missing.

We offer both GCSE and Functional Skills Maths and English tuition at the college. Workshops in Functional Skills are available both during daytimes and evenings, ensuring you can fit your tuition around your life as easily as possible.

Students studying maths and English with East Durham College are given access to a wide range of learning opportunities and to ensure we get the very best out of you during your time with us, you'll also receive a programme of learning which is tailored to your own specific needs.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are just that - they're the skills you need in English and Maths to allow you operate confidently, effectively and independently both in life and work. English and maths qualifications are great for every job you're going for, as well as essential for day-to-day tasks. With East Durham College's Functional Skills workshops, you'll get the support you need to succeed and grow in your abilities in maths, English or both.

Our Essential Skills staff who teach our maths and English workshops are highly qualified and experienced professionals who are sensitive to the needs of students. They're 100% committed to getting the very best out of you with a tailored tuition plan made specifically for you, and we consistently have higher success rates than the national average for our Functional Skills learners.

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.

GCSE Maths and English courses are offered completely free-of-charge for part-time learners, and are an excellent way for you to gain qualifications you may not have achieved previously.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Essential Skills Team on 0191 518 8305.

You can apply for any of our functional skills programmes by clicking on the options below. You can apply directly online, or you can call our student services team on 0191 518 8222 and they'll be able to process your application over the phone.

Available part time course(s) for 2021/2022 are listed below:

The part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during this academic year - 2021/2022.

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