How We Teach

Successful distance learning requires a level of commitment from the learner and they need to be able to manage their time efficiently, possess a level of self-motivation, be good communicators and have the determination to succeed.

Distance learning is available to those who are working full time with initial assessment results demonstrating they are working towards a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in Functional Skills English and/or Maths.

Our distance learning programme has been running for 4 years to meet the needs of workers preparing to enter apprenticeships or

Successful distance learning requires a level of commitment from the learner and they need to be able to manage their time efficiently, possess a level of self-motivation, be good communicators and have the determination to succeed.

Distance learning is available to anyone with initial assessment results demonstrating they are working towards a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in Functional Skills English and/or maths.  A level 1 English assessment must be attained prior to studying maths at level 2.

Our distance learning programme has been running for 14 years to meet the needs of workers preparing to enter apprenticeships, take up university places or just to improve their skills for life,  and the achievement results for have always been above the national average, even in lockdown.

It is important that you are able to use the internet and emails with confidence, and be able to scan and open documents when communicating with your tutor.

To enrol as a distance learner we will need to you fill in and return a Learner Info & Funding Screener 20-21 to us.  This will allow us to confirm if funding is available to you.  We will then send you details on how to log on and undertake an initial assessment in both maths and English.  The initial assessments are required for each subject, and this program works out your current level of knowledge in these subjects against the standards.  Following the Initial Assessment you will complete a diagnostic analysis, which indicates your strengths and weaknesses in the chosen topic, across the curriculum at the level shown on the initial assessment.

You will then attend a Zoom meeting with your tutor who will introduce themselves, cover advice, information and guidance, and ask you some questions on how we can best support you with your learning, how you contact your tutor, and discuss the learning system we use.

A learning review will take place every six weeks with your tutor monitoring your online attendance, and achievements, they will also set you goals for your next review.  This helps us identify any problem areas and keep you on track to complete your learning in the set timeframe.   If you are having problems on a specific subject, we will provide extra support materials, telephone advice, email assistance, a Zoom session or a one-to-one appointment with a specialist tutor as required.

Once the learning is complete, we will prepare you for your exam with mock exam papers.  We will provide feedback on these and offer extra work or a revision programme if required.  Once you are ready for an exam, we will set a date with you. We have two testing sessions each week and you can pick one to suit you.  These are Tuesday afternoon at 13:00 or Thursday morning at 10:00. One exam for each module is included in the funding.  Please see our Learner Handbook for re-take prices.

You will be working as an individual and you will be responsible for undertaking the learning and submitting assignments on time.  At the start of your learning we will set an end date for your course, you can finish prior to the set date but not after it.  It is therefore extremely important that you let us know if you encounter any problems at any time throughout your learning, or if you are unwell.