Preparing for Further Study

14 Week Full Time Course


Course dates:

12/09/16- 16/12/16


03/01/17- 07/04/17


24/04/17- 28/07/17

14 weeks/ Full-time course with breaks for half term.

at Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us:  01865 759798

On this full-time course you will learn the study skills required to carry out an independent research project on a subject of your choice. You will then use word processing skills to create, edit and format your work ready for presentation.

Alongside this you will attend Functional Maths and English classes. Functional skills include a more practical application of Maths and English and are widely recognised by employers.

The course can be residential or non-residential.

The Preparing for Further Study units of the course are accredited by AIM Awards.

The Functional Maths and English are accredited by City and Guilds.

Both awarding bodies are regulated by OFQUAL.

Students need to attend all the classes and complete all the units described below:

The Level 1 Award is a 6 credit Aim qualification and consists of 2 units:

Word processing Software Skills -3 credits

Carrying out an Independent Research project -3 credits

The Functional Maths consists of one unit:

Mathematics (at appropriate level for student)

The Functional English consists of three units:

Speaking and Listening (at appropriate level for student)

Reading (at appropriate level for student)

Writing (at appropriate level for student)

This is a full- time course run over 14 weeks with a break for half term and is designed to provide you with the basic skills you need for further study and work. This course will involve an attendance of around 14 hours of classes a week and additional time spent on independent self-directed study. You will be expected to work for at least 6 hours a week outside your taught hours.

The diverse range of teaching methods and assessment types allows students to develop a wide range of skills. You will experience tutor directed sessions, group discussion, paired work, online resources and tutorial support.  To increase accessibility, some materials are delivered online, allowing students an opportunity to study in their own time.

Members of staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have extensive experience teaching in their subject areas.

The Award is assessed entirely by tasks set throughout the course.

For the Functional Maths there is 1 timed formal assessment.

For the Functional English there are 3 timed formal assessments (reading, writing, speaking and listening)

Any applicant should be aware that they will need excellent attendance throughout in order to meet the pace and requirements of the course.

On successful completion and achievement of the course you will be receive an AIM Awards Level 1 Award and City and Guilds certificates in Functional Maths and English at the level that you are working at.

This course will be:


Free for group A students


£150 for group B students


£150 for group C students


Group A students

Students receiving:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) including those receiving national insurance credits only;
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group (WRAG);
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £330 per month and are in one of the following groups – All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group or Work-Focused Interview Group;
  • Other state benefits and earning less than £330 per month;


Or you are unemployed or employed and wish to progress to more stable employment, are earning less than £330 per month and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects.

Or you are 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

Group B students

You are 19-23 and already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are 24 or older and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are not on benefits but are dependent on someone in receipt of benefits.

Group C students

All other students

All fees include tuition, learning resources/materials, accommodation and meals, except where specified. If you have genuine difficulty paying the fees then we may be able to help - please contact 01865 759798 or email


Ordinarily you will need to be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in a country within the EEA for 3 years, excluding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  However, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch as you may be eligible for funding.


If your household income is less than £30,994 we may be able to provide support with childcare costs with a registered childminder whilst you attend the course.  Please ring 01865 759798 for more information.

Additional Learning Support

If you need additional support to help you study, please let us know. We can plan a programme of support for you to enable you to study successfully.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to the course, but you will need to attend an interview and complete a Maths and English assessment.

To apply for any of these courses please click Apply Now and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at

One learner completed this course in Summer term 2016. He is now applying for the year-long Access to Higher Education course in Social Sciences. From here he is hoping to progress on to our BA (Hons) Social and Political Studies programme.

Another learner completed this course in Summer term 2016. She is going on to further develop her Maths, English and IT but attending our short course in the Autumn term.

“Ruskin is a brilliant College and I am very much looking forward to my course in September”

“This course has given me so much confidence in Maths, English and IT – I now feel prepared to move on”

“I have found that this course taught me how to manage my time as well as building my skills and knowledge in Maths, English and IT “

This course will help prepare you to progress to further study such as our L2 Pre-Access Social Care or our L2 Certificate in Writing for a Career in the Arts or one of our Access to Higher Education course and then our degree programmes.   

The broad range of study skills in this course are a good basis for most Higher or Further Education or even work based learning such as apprenticeship schemes.  For students that did not benefit from high school education this course can be the first stepping stone on an academic career.

The functional skills qualifications included in this course are also widely recognised by employers and appreciated for their focus on applying skills learned to the real life situations found in employment.