study skills; assessing


If you want to improve your English and gain a qualification, we have 12 week courses starting every 6 weeks at a variety of different levels.

To ensure that you are on the right track and are offered the correct level course, you will need to complete an online assessment at Preston’s College, which will take you up to 3 hours. The assessments are free of charge and take place every Tuesday evening from 5.30pm – 8.30pm or every Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm – 4.30pm during term-time. You can book your preferred assessment online today.

We recommend that you go onto the BBC website (Skillswise), to practise your skills prior to the assessment.

After the assessment we will advise you on the most appropriate course for your level. This will either be GCSE (available in September only), Functional Skills or appropriate stepping stone qualifications. If you are not ready for GCSE, Functional Skills will prepare you for GCSE in the following year.

Functional Skills courses are 6 hours a week for a period of 12 weeks, per subject. You will need to be able to commit to attending college for two sessions a week. Each session is three hours in length. There are also some 3 hour entry level English skills courses. If you are going to be studying the GCSE English course, this is one three hour session per week. There are daytime and evening options available and the courses are free.*

*Terms and conditions apply.

Name Study Level Category Duration
English Functional Skills Adults English
GCSE English Adults English 35 weeks
Introduction to Creative Writing Adults English
Introduction to Creative Writing Adults Art & Design 9 or 11 weeks