English (for fluent speakers)


Achieving a good standard of English can help you to secure a new job, get the promotion you deserve or allow you to gain the qualifications you need for your chosen career.

We provide a wide range of free English courses for learners that focus on improving your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills – making you an effective communicator and building your confidence.

I would definitely recommend MAES as a place to progress and improve your qualifications. I was given free career advice that proved invaluable. It is a great opportunity to learn and progress your studies.


How will I be taught?

All our English courses are delivered in person with classroom-based learning.

You may also be required to carry out some level of online independent study in between sessions and will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and a good internet connection to do this. You may need access to a laptop or PC to complete assignments throughout the course.

Don’t worry if this is a new way of learning for you – our tutors will explain how this works and support you to do this.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary for each of our courses and before you start you will be assessed to ensure you join the right level course for you. 

You will be able to find more information about the requirements needed for your chosen course by contacting our support team on 0161 291 6733, dropping into your local adult learning centre or emailing us at maes.info@manchester.gov.uk.

English courses

Select the course that you are interested in from the list below to find out more.

On this course you will improve your skills so that you’re GCSE ready.

The next intake for this course is September 2024. Please enquire if you would like to apply to join this course. 

Functional skills is a nationally recognised qualification useful for gaining employment, retraining or advancing your career.

  • Start date(s): February
  • Duration: 26 weeks
  • Location(s): Abraham Moss, Greenheys
  • Day: Monday (Greenheys), Wednesday (Abraham Moss)
  • Time: 9:30am-2:45pm

This course is for speakers of other languages who have excellent English speaking and listening skills but need to improve their reading and writing. 

The next intake for this course is September 2024. Please enquire if you would like to apply to join this course. 

On this course, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification in English. This is ideal if you need to gain a GCSE qualification in order to gain employment and/or progress into Higher Education.

There are no previous qualifications need to access the GCSE English course however you will be required to complete as assessment to ensure you have the skills to join and succeed on the course.

The next intake for this course is September 2024. Please enquire if you would like to apply to join this course. 

The Level 3 Award in English for Literacy Teaching course is for you if you need to develop your skills in order to support the literacy development of children or adults. It’s a great professional development course for apprenticeship assessors.

  • Start date(s): February
  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Location(s): Greenheys
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 9:30am-2:45pm

View more details about Level 3 Award in English for Literacy Teaching

Help and support

You will find a range of support on offer when you study with MAES. From our friendly and enthusiastic business support team located in our learning centres to our well-qualified and committed tutors. 

We are also home to Make it Happen – a service run by our dedicated Careers and Progression team who will provide expert knowledge and personalised support to prepare you for the next stage in your career. Find out more below.