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KAE Skills

KAE Skills offer a wide range of courses, providing essential skills to help you in day to day life and in the work place. With courses available in English and Maths GCSE, Functional Skills and ESOL courses, plus work skills.

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ESOL Courses

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses will help you with your spoken and written English, help you prepare to find a job or help you gain a Trinity ESOL qualification.

ESOL courses range from basic English through to higher levels: Pre-Entry (Beginner), Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

You can study online or in person in one of our centres across Kent. You will learn the language you need for your daily life in Britain.

ESOL courses are open to:

  • European Union citizens
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers
  • Citizens and their family members who have lived in the UK for at least 3 years and have permission to live in the UK

ESOL courses are free if you receive certain benefits or are on a low wage. Contact us to find out if we can help you. Non-eligible students can study but an overseas fee is required. Your local centre can advise you on your eligibility.

Please note: These courses will require an initial assessment and regular attendance.

English Pronunciation - Accent Reduction courses are one-day courses to help you reduce your accent and improve pronunciation.

ESOL courses for HK BNO visa holders

HongKongers arriving in Britain on a British Nationals (Overseas) visa, and their dependants, may be eligible for funding support to pay course fees. For more information and advice on signing up to the appropriate ESOL course if you are arriving from Hong Kong, please email:

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Everyday English and Maths courses

Everyday English and Maths are FREE* courses that teach adults the basics in English and Maths. They give extra support to help those with mild to moderate learning disabilities, difficulties or mental health challenges.

Additional support is provided, and each class has a teaching assistant as well as the tutor. These courses give learners access to learning that is individualised and challenging, whilst meeting their needs.

Everyday English and Maths courses can be joined at any time of the year.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.

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GCSE English Language and Maths courses

We are here to help with FREE* GCSE English and Maths courses. These are ideal if you are looking to boost your CV, career advancement, or to re-train for a change of job. They are also ideal if you want to learn skills to help your children with their homework.

What will I learn?

GCSE English Language

This course will teach you to:

  • Read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
  • Read critically and make comparisons between texts
  • Summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • Use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve own writing
  • Write effectively and coherently using standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology
  • Listen and understand spoken language and use spoken standard English effectively

GCSE Maths

This course comprises three broad topics:

Numbers and algebra

Working with numbers and the number system; fractions, decimals and percentages; ratio and proportion; the language of algebra; expressions and equations; sequences, functions and graphs

Geometry and measures

Properties of angles and shapes; geometrical reasoning and calculation; measures and construction; mensuration; vectors

Statistics and probability

The handling data cycle; data collection; data presentation and analysis; data interpretation; probability

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Functional Skills English and Maths courses

Functional Skills English and Maths courses teach adults the essential skills needed to participate in life, learning and work, such as:

  • Building up skills
  • Gaining qualifications
  • Improving job prospects
  • Helping career progression

Functional Skills English and Maths courses start from Entry Level and progress to Level 2. Sessions are delivered in a friendly learning environment, with online courses taking place in real time. They lead to a Functional Skills qualification and run during the morning, afternoon and evening.

Courses start in September but you can join at any time.

These courses are FREE* for eligible learners.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.

Please note: These courses will require an initial assessment and regular attendance.

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Work Skills

Work Skills courses are free for people who receive the relevant benefits. They support learners to develop employability and work skills, including interview skills, confidence and presentation skills.

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