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We offer preparatory, Functional Skills and GCSEs courses to help you improve your English and pride ourselves on our high success rates. Learn valuable reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that can be used in the workplace or in everyday life. GCSE English is also required by many employers and universities, so gaining the qualification will open new career and study opportunities for you.

If English is not your first language, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses may be more suitable for you.

English course levels

Our English courses include from the following:

  • Functional Skills Entry Level 3 English
  • Preparation for Level 1 English
  • Functional Skills Level 1 English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Preparation for GCSE English
  • GCSE English

Applicants for all our English courses must complete an assessment before enrolling onto one of our courses and will be provided specialised advice from our course team on which course may be suitable.


Our English courses are free to most learners who do not already have a GCSE at grade 4/C or above.

Class options

TimingDays per week*Hours per week*Centre(s)
Mornings1 or 2 days2 hours 30 minutes – 4 hoursLisson Grove / Pimlico / Amberley Road
Early Afternoons1 or 2 days2 hours 30 minutes – 4 hoursLisson Grove / Pimlico / Amberley Road
Late Afternoons2 days2 hours 30 minutesLisson Grove
Evenings1 day3 hoursLisson Grove
Saturdays1 day3 or 5 hoursLisson Grove
*Days and hours per week depend on the type of course.

The majority of our courses start in September, with some also starting in February. GCSE English is only available to start in September.

Studying Maths alongside English

You can also choose to study on one of our Maths courses whilst on an English course. However, we do not recommend completing both GCSE courses in one year, as it is a very big time commitment to attend class and complete homework and preparation over a year. Enrolment onto two simultaneous GCSE courses will therefore be at the discretion of the course adviser and dependent on individual circumstances. Being realistic about your time and capacity in advance will avoid potential issues like dropping one course before the end or getting a lower grade.

Accredited Courses
Venue: Various
Full Fee: Free
Level: All Levels
Level: All Levels
Concessions: Yes

Helps you to improve your English in reading, writing and spoken language.

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Why study at WAES?
  • Highly qualified and professionally experienced tutors
  • Accessible Central London centres with bespoke facilities and great transport connections
  • A wide range of in-person, online, distance learning and community-based courses
  • Unique work experience opportunities through partnerships
  • Guest speakers offer introductions to career pathways in a variety of sectors
  • Excellent progression to employment, apprenticeships or further learning including university
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