You need basic reading, writing and maths skills to apply for most jobs or to study further, eg for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).
If you’re over 16 and you’ve left school, you normally don’t have to pay to do:
- English or maths to GCSE level
- some information and communication technology (ICT) courses
- English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
If there’s a fee, you may be able to get Discretionary Learner Support.
Find a course
Search for a course on the National Careers Service course finder or call the helpline.
National Careers Service helpline
Telephone: 0800 100 900
8am to 10pm, 7 days a week
Find out about call charges
You can also ask for an adviser to call you - this won’t cost you anything.
Where you can learn
You can do courses at:
- further education colleges
- adult education centres
- some libraries
- other training providers