Free Online Learning for Everyday Skills in maths and English

The Open University in partnership with West Herts College brings a range of exciting new free OpenLearn online courses to anyone who wants to improve and refresh their everyday skills in maths and English.

These free OpenLearn courses are designed to allow learners to study alongside their busy work-life commitments and develop their maths and English skills at a pace that suits them. The topics are all relevant to work-life skills and learners will improve their communication and numeracy skills whilst learning how to apply them in everyday situations.

The Everyday Skills maths and English online courses are available at two levels and learners can choose the level that suits their ability and aspirations. These courses are ideal for anyone looking to upskill for promotion, to support children with their homework or anyone continuing their studies onto a Functional Skills qualification for personal advancement or as part of an apprenticeship.

Start dates are flexible throughout 2019 and learners can study when they have time to spare or they can choose to learn more quickly – each Everyday Skills maths and English course can be completed in as little as 48 study hours.

Everyday Skills English Level 1:

An introduction to basic English skills covering spelling, punctuation, grammar, reading for meaning and communication skills.

Everyday Skills English Level 2:

A more advanced English skills course on report writing, writing emails and letters, information gathering, critical thinking and presentation skills.

Everyday Skills Maths Level 1:

An introduction to basic numeracy skills covering addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (x), division (÷), basic fractions (1/4) and percentages (%). The course also includes working with money, measurements and shapes, and

basic data handling.

Everyday Skills Maths Level 2:

A more advanced maths skills course looking at percentage change and reverse percentages; how to convert values between fractions, decimals and percentages; how to calculate perimeters, areas and volumes and currency conversions.

Real life and workplace skills

Each OpenLearn Everyday Skills course focuses on problem solving and applies skills to real-life and workplace situations:

  • Working with money
  • Writing emails, letters and reports
  • Communicating with people
  • Working out percentages
  • Solving problems
  • Creating presentations
  • Managing finances
  • Gathering information
  • Thinking critically

What are the OpenLearn courses like?

Everyday Skills online courses are divided into a series of easy-to-manage sections with interactive quizzes, information sheets and activities to motivate and inspire learners.

What are the benefits for learners?

Everyday Skills courses can provide learners with a wide range of personal and professional benefits including:

  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhancing job prospects
  • Improving communication skills
  • Boosting employability skills and ability
  • Completing forms and documents accurately
  • Supporting children with homework
  • Supporting children with homework

What are the benefits to local businesses?

Everyday Skills courses can have a positive impact on local businesses and they can benefit from:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced staff turnover
  • Enhanced customer satisfaction
  • A rise in staff wellbeing

What commitment do learners need to make?

Everyday Skills courses can be accessed online anywhere and are designed to fit flexibly around busy schedules. It is recommended that learners commit to at least 5 hours each week for their online study. Learners should have access to IT equipment with an internet connection suitable for streaming video content.

What study options do learners have after these courses?

Everyday Skills courses provide learners with an Open University badged acknowledgement of their achievement which can be added to their employment profile and their CV.

Learners then have the option to register for a Functional Skills qualification provided that they do not already have an equivalent qualification in maths and/or English. After a short interview and an assessment in College to determine their skill level learners can enrol on a suitable Functional Skills course and sit the exam when they are ready.  Learners looking to enrol on the Functional Skills qualification courses do not need any formal qualifications. However they must be aged 19 or over, a UK/EEA citizen and have a good level of spoken English.

How do I get more information?

To find out more information about the Everyday Skills courses


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