Essential Skills

Apprenticeships in Essential Skills

We don't currently offer apprenticeships in this subject. Why not take a look at our Apprenticeship Department page to see everything that we do offer?

Careers in Essential Skills

Careers in Essential Skills

A programme of study in Essential Skills can help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to progress onto further study. By gaining further qualifications you are on the path to your chosen career.


of students went on to work or further study after completing their course.

All students have access to:

Student Profile

Iuliana Price

“I decided to study Fresh Start because I am planning to progress onto a Business and Management course. I am really enjoying my time here. It’s a calm and relaxed environment and the tutors are really helpful.”

Reasons to join us at Barnsley College

Reason 1

We have students from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. A total of 36 different languages were spoken by our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students in 2013/14.

Reason 2

If you have been home educated the Fresh Start programme provides an opportunity for you to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst deciding what to do next.

Reason 3

The ESOL course is designed to provide you with intensive support and also covers basic skills in Maths and ICT.

Reason 4

Functional Skills courses in Maths and English are free to everyone.

Reason 5

97% of our Essential Skills students have gone on to work or further study after completing their course at Barnsley College.