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Everyday Skills

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The Open University in partnership with Coleg Gwent, Coleg Cambria, NPTC Group of Colleges and Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, brings a range of exciting new free online courses to anyone who wants to improve and refresh their everyday skills in maths and English. These are called our Everyday Skills courses and are available for free on OpenLearn Wales and OpenLearn Cymru.  

The courses are designed to give students the skills they need to go alongside other further education courses, improve job prospects or simply learn new skills.

You can find the Everyday Skills Courses here:


Everyday skills in maths and English

Everyday Skills courses offer free and flexible online learning, ideal for anyone who wants to refresh and improve their everyday English reading, writing and/or maths ability.

Relevant topics will develop your communication and numeracy skills whilst learning how to apply them to your everyday home and work life.  


Learners stories

The OU in Wales caught up with two people who have been studying the maths and English courses.

Alireza Zamani, Everyday English 

Ryan Davies, Everyday Maths


Learn with college support to gain a qualification

Contact a partner centre, where you may be asked to sit an initial assessment.  The centre will guide you to the most suitable course and qualification for your skill level, either Everyday Skills courses or an Essential Skills qualification.

Participating partner centres:


Learn about Essential Skills Wales qualifications and the Functional Skills qualification, available in England.


Benefits of study

By studying these courses, you will gain personal and professional benefits:

  • Support children with homework
  • Build your self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhance your job prospects and employability
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Become confident in completing forms accurately


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