Essential Skills

Apprenticeships in English and Maths

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 English and Maths

Careers in English and Maths

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.

Did you know?

Our students are the happiest in Yorkshire, according to a DfE survey.

All students have access to:

Student Profile

Maria Palacios

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for 16-18 years Full-time

“The tutors are really helpful, very patient and provide good examples which makes the subject easier to understand. Coming to college has given me the confidence to continue with my studies and after this course I intend to study Health and Social Care.”

Student Profile

Michael Glamkowski

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for 16-18 years Full-time

“I am really enjoying my course and I have made lots of friends. You also get the chance to take part in fun enrichment activities such as bowling, swimming and watching films. This has helped to improve my English and has made me more confident.”

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 are spoken by our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.

Reason 2

Did you know that you can study GCSE maths and English alongside another full-time course at the College?

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

95% of our Essential Skills students have gone on to work or further study after completing their course at Barnsley College.