College offers free maths and English classes for adults


Are you over 19 and looking to improve your employment prospects by brushing up on your maths and English?


City of Portsmouth College is once again offering free courses at both functional skills and GCSE levels.


The classes will be run at either Highbury Campus, Cosham, or the College’s Arundel Campus, just off Commercial Road. They’re completely free to anyone over 19 who’s been living in the UK for at least three years.


Anyone interested can find out more and chat to tutors at a drop-in event from 1pm to 7pm on Wednesday 20 July.


There’s no need to register and you can apply on the day for the course which best suits you.

Tess Cole, Vice President of Foundations and Adult Learning Services, said: “We help all our students, of all ages, improve their skills in maths and English to enhance their life opportunities. Both subjects are valued very highly by employers and crucial to future prospects at college, university, work, training and life in general We’re delighted to be able to offer these adult learner courses free of charge once again and look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the drop in event.”


Previous courses have proved extremely popular, with life-changing results for students like Greg Hounsome, who originally left school with a grade G in GCSE maths and a grade D in GCSE English, mainly due to the lack of dyslexia support available.

Around 16 years later he celebrated achieving a grade 5 (equivalent to a grade C) in maths and a 7 (equivalent to a grade B) in English language, meaning he could start an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Greg is now well on his way to becoming an Occupational Therapist.