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If you need to develop your skills and confidence in English and maths, our courses could be your stepping-stones to moving into further education or getting out into the world of work.

Why English and maths

If you missed out on the grades you needed at school, why not study part-time for a GCSE in English or maths? It could be just what you need to break through into a better job. We know that English and maths can be challenging, but our lecturers will give you the support and confidence you need to get the grade you want. If you study with us full-time, English and maths might be part of your study programme if you didn’t achieve a grade 4 or above at school, ensuring you have every opportunity to get these essential qualifications.

If you achieved a grade 4 but would like to improve on this result, we can also offer our 16 to 18 students the chance to retake these subjects for free.

English and maths qualifications are the start of a journey that can lead to greater things. Join us and see how far you can go.

Apply for English and maths here

English and maths application form

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English for Speakers of Other Languages

If English isn’t your first language, you can improve your English with the help of our courses. These English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses will help you to:

  • find employment or start studying for a career
  • communicate with teachers, doctors and other key people within the community
  • pass the Life in the UK test
  • integrate with your community.

These courses will cover:

  • speaking and listening
  • reading and writing
  • vocabulary
  • punctuation and grammar.

Choose your course


  • Course code: ENG
  • Level: 1
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Duration: Six months to one year


  • Course code: MATH
  • Level: 1
  • Qualification: College Certificate
  • Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: Six months to one year

Literature, Creative Writing and History (Online Course)

  • Course code: LCHONL
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Access
  • Course type: Distance learning, FREE (Eligibility Applies)
  • Duration: One year
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City College Plymouth like you’ve never seen it before. Tour our facilities from the comfort of your sofa and explore our various subject area-focused introductory videos and demonstrations.

Welcome to City College


We hold multiple events all year round, from Year 11 taster sessions to full open days. Our events are a great way to see our facilities, meet our staff and get a feel for life at City College.