Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are great for both younger and older students, giving you the essential English and maths skills needed to find work or move into further study. Find out more – meet our tutors or take a virtual 360 campus tour.

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If you’re ready to apply now, choose your course below and apply directly from the course page. Need to know more? Book a call with one of our friendly admissions staff, who can answer your questions and guide you through the application process.

We're here to help you gain the right skills to progress in life, either with finding a job or preparing you for further study.


Why study English, Maths and ESOL with us?

  • We'll help you develop your skills to give you a solid platform from which to launch off onto bigger and more exciting things
  • We offer a range of courses at our college campuses for students, from beginner level up to Level 2
  • ESOL courses are available at most campuses, in the morning, afternoon, twilight and evening
  • Our courses are ideal for both mature students who want to brush up on their skills and for younger students uncertain of their future plans or who haven't yet achieved the qualifications needed to go straight on to their first-choice course
  • With excellent personal tutor support, our students report an outstanding level of satisfaction with their courses

Online Learning for Everyday Skills in Maths and English

Can't get to College? Want to learn independently? Want to improve your reading, writing or maths skills?

South & City College Birmingham recommends a range of free Open University online courses in 'Everyday English' and 'Everyday maths'.
These FREE online courses will enable you to improve your current knowledge and gain additional skills. The topics are based upon skills you use in everyday life and you'll learn at a pace that suits you. The courses are perfect if you are looking to upskill at work, support your children with their school homework or just to improve your career prospects.

The courses are available at two levels, allowing you to choose a starting point that best suits your current ability and aspirations. There are no set start dates - so you can do this before you start a college course or along side one, or you can just learn independently and contact the college if you want to get a full Functional Skills qualification. Each online course can be completed with as little as 48 study hours.

What are the OpenLearn courses like?
The OpenLearn courses are divided into a series of easy-to-use sections with interactive quizzes, information sheets and activities to motivate and inspire you.

What are my options?
Complete the free OpenLearn online course(s) and receive an Open University badge which can be added to your employment profile and your CV.


When you are ready, enrol with SCCB to prepare for a Functional Skills qualification in maths or English at Level 1 or Level 2 - sit the exam at college.

Study Hub

Start your studies early with course materials, learning resources and more.
Whether you want a taste of what your course has to offer, or you’re keen to start studying early, our Study Hub is a space for future students to download course materials and learning resources uploaded by your course tutors. Click here to visit our study hub.