We've helped more than 3 million people gain new skills and nationally recognised qualifications in maths, English, IT and more.


How can we help you?

Maths

A nationally recognised qualification in maths can boost your job prospects and give you the skills you need to get by in everyday life. Do you need to know how to spot a good deal when you're shopping, or add up petty cash for work? Then make sure your number skills are up to scratch by learning practical maths skills.


All of our maths courses lead towards nationally recognised City & Guilds qualifications.


What can I learn?

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Shapes and space
  • Measurements
  • Data and statistics
  • Charts and graphs

How much will it cost?

In many cases, thanks to Government funding your course and qualification could be free!

How long will it take?

The average time it takes for our learners to gain their maths qualification is just three months, but we'll agree an end date with you before you start.

How do I get started?

You can visit your local learndirect centre to learn with face-to-face support.

 

Maths qualification

English

A nationally recognised qualification in English can boost your job prospects and give you the skills you need to get by in everyday life. Do you struggle with reading and writing clearly, or making yourself understood at work? Then make sure your literacy skills are up to scratch by learning practical English skills.


All of our English courses lead towards nationally recognised City & Guilds qualifications.


What can I learn?

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary

How much will it cost?

In many cases thanks to Government funding your course and qualification could be free!

How long will it take?

The average time it takes for our learners to gain their English qualification is just three months, but we'll agree an end date with you before you start.

How do I get started?

Visit your local learndirect centre to learn with face-to-face support.

 

English qualification

Computers and IT

Improving your IT skills can help you boost your job prospects, enhance your CV and get more out of everyday life. You can either:

  • work towards a nationally recognised qualification in one of our centres with government funding and tutor support available or
  • buy one of our stand alone online eCourses with support built in.

IT qualifications available in our centres

The qualifications we offer are:

which is great for total beginners.

which go into more depth on using the internet, email and popular software for word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases.

How much will it cost?

In many cases thanks to Government funding your course and qualification could be FREE!.

How long will it take?

About three months, although we’ll agree an end date with you before you start.

How do I get started?

Visit your local learndirect centre to learn with face to face support.

IT qualifications

IT courses to buy now and learn at home

If you already know how to use a computer and want to fill a specific gap in your skills, our eCourses could be for you. They're a great way to learn new IT skills quickly. You can buy them online and start straight away. Choose from:

How much will it cost?

Between £20 - £50

How long will it take?

From a few hours to a few weeks.

How do I get started?

All the support you need is built into the course.

Go to the IT course catalogue to buy online and start today.

Buy an IT course

Job Seeking Skills

If you’re new to job seeking then our entry level qualifications will help you with some essential skills such as:

  • understanding what employers are looking for
  • understanding the stages of getting a job
  • knowing what to expect from employment

What can I learn?

Our courses cover topics such as:

  • Searching for job
  • Writing a letter
  • Creating your CV
  • Filling in application forms
  • Interview skills
  • Presentation
  • Team work

How much will it cost?

If you’re unemployed and on active benefits, and in many other cases, Government funding is available so you could get your course and qualification for free!

How long will it take?

Our online courses are flexible, so before you start we’ll agree an end date with you based on your particular circumstances.

How do I get started?

Visit your local learndirect centre for more information, advice and friendly face to face support.

Jobseeking qualification

Life Skills

Our entry level qualifications in Life Skills will develop your personal skills for working, learning and living, and provide a useful base for further learning.

What can I learn?

  • Getting a job and staying in work
  • Managing your money
  • Parenting skills
  • Healthy living and eating
  • Planning your time

How much will it cost?

If you’re unemployed and on active benefits, and in many other cases, Government funding is available so you could get your course and qualification for free!

How long will it take?

Our online courses are flexible so before you start we’ll agree an end date with you based on your particular circumstances.

How do I get started?

Visit your local learndirect centre for more information and advice and friendly face to face support.

Life Skills qualifications

Business & Job Specific Skills

If you’re in work and want to improve your skills for your existing job or looking to get a new one we’ve a wide range of courses that can help. We offer a range of courses you can buy online as well as vocational qualifications in a selection of our learndirect centres.

Vocational qualifications available in selected centres

The vocational qualifications on offer include:

  • Business and Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Health and Social Care
  • Team Leading
  • Management

These qualifications are great if you’re working and want to gain a qualification in the workplace. You’ll need the support of your employer as you’ll be assessed on the day to day things you do at work, creating a portfolio of evidence as you go along to show what you’ve achieved.

How much will it cost?

Depending on your circumstances government funding may be available to subsidise your course and qualification. If you’re aged 24 or over you may be able to take advantage of a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

How long will it take?

Between six and twelve months although we’ll agree an end date with you and your employer before you start.

How do I get started?

Search for centres in your local area that offer the qualification you’re interested in and give them a call.

Business qualifications

Courses to buy now and learn at home

Our job-specific and business eCourses are a great way to fill in gaps in your skills straight away. You can even get certificates in food hygiene and Sage accounting software.You can buy them online and get started straight away. There’s over a hundred courses to choose from in the following areas:

  • Sales and marketing
  • Starting your business
  • Health and Safety
  • Leadership and Management
  • Customer Service
  • Sage Bookkeeping (Exam available)
  • Food Hygiene (Certificated)

How much will it cost?

Our business courses start from just £23.99.

How long will it take?

Courses range so check the course description. You’ll have access to your course for 6 months.

How do I get started?

Buy online and start today. All the support you need is built into the course.

Buy a business course

Languages

Learning a language can boost your job prospects and make travelling more enjoyable, or even help you to reconnect with your family heritage. learndirect offers an exciting new way to learn more than 100 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu.


Our language courses are broken down into a series of rewarding challenges. As you play the interactive games, the courses feed you new words, with pictures to reinforce your memory. Test your knowledge and accent with quizzes and recording games.

What can I learn?

You can choose from over 100 language courses at beginner level. For our most popular languages, we offer courses from beginner up to business level.

How much will it cost?

Our language courses cost £29.99 each (all levels). Bundles of beginner and beginner plus courses are available for our most popular languages at £49.99.

How long will it take?

You could learn the basics in a weekend, but you’ll have access to your language course for 12 months. You can dip in and out whenever you like within that time to improve your vocabulary and develop your language skills.

How do I get started?

Visit the eCourses catalogue, select the language and level you want and buy online.

Language courses

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