Having the right qualifications is essential to be able to get into your work. We are here to support you to further your career by gaining essential Maths and English qualifications as well as GCSEs and AS Levels.

Available Courses

Level 1 Functional Skills - English For Adults

Start date: 17.01.2018 | Day of week: Weds | Time: 15:00-17:00

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: There are no prior learning requirements.
  • Details: This is often a student’s first formal qualification in to English, a functional skills course that provides practical skills for the modern world and enables learners to get more from life. This course will suit learners from a wide range of abilities and is a recognised qualification for employment, training, education and also currently forms part of the Apprenticeship framework.
  • Content: Learning will focus on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills from entry Level 1 to Level 2.
  • Assessment: Assessment is by examination of reading and writing skills, plus presentation skills for speaking and listening.
  • Progression: A functional skills qualification will enable you to acquire good levels of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening that will apply to in everyday life. Learners can progress up to Level 2.
    Entry into further training or employment will be much easier with a functional skills qualification. Levels 1 and 2 can be used to complete Apprenticeships.
  • Considerations: No textbooks are required. A folder, pens and paper will be needed for each class.
  • Fees: £0
  • Exam fee: £15
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

English GCSE

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You should have a reasonable level of general English language skill. All applicants will be required to complete a short assessment to ensure they are enrolling on an appropriate level of study. Once assessed, you will be advised on whether you can take a GCSE course or be required to complete a pre-GCSE course.
  • Details: The GCSE English language course will cover the functional elements of English language – grammar, spelling and punctuation – as well as introducing original and creative writing, comparing texts, producing non-fiction texts and speaking and listening.
  • Content: The course is split into three parts to assess all aspects of English language. Understanding and producing non-fiction texts, understanding spoken and written texts, writing creatively and speaking and listening.
  • Assessment: Assessment is 100% examination which will be taken in the following June. You will also be assessed via an internally assessed speaking and listening presentation as well as two formal examinations. Grades will be awarded according to the new 9 to 1 mark scheme.
  • Progression: English skills are also important if you want to study further vocational or academic courses. It is also a requirement at grade 4 or 5 for many higher education courses and University entry.
  • Considerations: Students will be required to purchase the novel and a folder, pens and paper will be required. A high level of commitment and regular attendance is essential for the achievement of success in this course.
  • Fees: £0
  • Exam fee: £40
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

English AS Level

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: Two years
  • Requirements: Six GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths.
    You will also require minimum grades of B (7+) at GCSE English Literature.
  • Details: AQA AS English Literature – three days per week, 4.5 hrs taught time per week.
  • Content: You will be expected to read widely across a range of texts, contexts and genres. Specifically, the content requires the study of ‘love’ across the ages with
    texts taken from a broad-range of time periods and genres. You will be expected to draw out similarities and differences between texts, study the contexts in which they were written and debate and challenge interpretations of the texts as informed responses.
  • Assessment: AS English Literature is assessed via two 1.5 hour written examinations. Paper one requires the study of two texts, one Shakespeare play and one AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages. This is a closed book exam and worth 50% of the overall grade. Paper two requires the study of two prose texts and is an open book exam worth 50% of the overall grade.
  • Progression: Successful achievement of the qualification will allow progress to Higher Education and the chance to study towards the full A level qualification.
  • Considerations: This qualification will test your theoretical knowledge. It will require a large amount of individual reading and interpretation of a broad range of texts. To gain the highest grades, you will need to ensure you attend all scheduled sessions and engage fully with all e-learning material.
  • Fees: £724 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 1 Functional Skills - Maths for Adults

Start date: 17.01.2018 | Day of week: Weds | Time: 15:00-17:00

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You should have a reasonable level of general arithmetic skills from everyday life (for example, the ability to add and subtract), however there is no formal entry requirement.
  • Details: This course encourages students to develop competence with numbers, basic formulae and algebra, statistical diagrams and data pair graphs, all within the
    context of money. You will find the course interesting and motivating helping to solve problems in everyday life. The course will build confidence in using maths for
    further studies and will embed transferable skills into the workplace. Students will have their achievement recognised as they earn a graded certificate.
  • Content: While working within the context of money, students will become competent in the use of basic formulae and algebraic representation in spreadsheets, the use of statistical diagrams, and developing real-world mathematical understanding.
  • Assessment: Assessment is through a 100% exam which will be taken in the following June. You will also be assessed through a range of in-class activities
    and examinations. A detailed breakdown of the assessments will be given to you at your first class. Calculators are allowed.
  • Progression: This qualification appeals to those involved with courses of a vocational nature where calculating costs is an important element. This course
    can then lead on to a GCSE maths course.
  • Considerations: All students will require a pad of a4 wide-lined paper, a file to keep their work in, plastic wallets and dividers to keep their files organised. You
    should also bring pens and a highlighter pen to class. To cover the course in one year you will need a minimum of an extra hour independent study each week.
  • Fees: £0 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Maths GCSE

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You should have a reasonable level of general arithmetic skills from everyday life (for example, the ability to add and subtract). All applicants will be required to complete a short assessment to ensure they are enrolling on an appropriate level of study that they can enjoy and achieve during their time at Fareham College. Once assessed, you will be advised on whether you can take a GCSE course or be required to complete a pre- GCSE course.
  • Details: Students will need a ‘zest for learning’ which that will enable them to enjoy the challenge of mathematics. They will learn to solve unfamiliar problems, helped by developing systematic ways of working. Students will develop their own ideas and methods by being able to learn from their own mistakes.
  • Content: This course is divided into the following sections:
    ■ Data handling – data collection, averages, charts
    and graphs, probability
    ■ Numbers and algebra – special numbers,
    calculations, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio,
    basic algebra and equations, sequences and graphs
    ■ Geometry and algebra – more complex numbers
    and algebra, shapes, angles, construction, measures,
    vectors, Pythagoras
  • Assessment: Assessment is 100% exam which will be taken in the following June. You will also be assessed through a range of in-class activities and examinations.
    A detailed breakdown of the assessments will be given to you at your first class.
  • Progression: Maths skills are also important if you want to study further vocational or academic courses. It is also a requirement at grade 4 or 5 for many higher
    education courses and University entry.
  • Considerations: All GCSE students will require a pad of a4 wide-lined paper, a file to keep their work in, plastic wallets and dividers to keep their files organised. You should also bring pens and a highlighter pen to class. It is also strongly advised that
    you purchase other equipment, including calculator, geometry set and a GCSE textbook. To cover the course in one year you will need a minimum of two hours independent study each week.
  • Fees: £0 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Maths AS Level

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: Two years
  • Requirements: Six GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths. You will also require minimum grades of B (7+) at GCSE Maths.
  • Details: Edexcel AS Maths – three days per week, 4.5 hrs taught time per week.
  • Content: The curriculum will expand your knowledge of mathematical concepts and develop your understanding of statistics and mechanics further. The content is broad, but you can expect to study the following topics among others: proof, algebra, vectors, exponentials and logarithms, kinematics, Newton’s laws and statistical sampling.
  • Assessment: AS maths is assessed via two written examinations. Examination one is two hrs long, assesses pure mathematics and is 62.5% of the overall grade. Examination two is one hr 15 mins long, assesses statistics and mechanics and makes up 37.5% of the overall grade. Both assessments will be taken at the end of the two year programme.
  • Progression: Successful achievement of the qualification will allow progress to Higher Education and the chance to study towards the full A level qualification.
  • Considerations: This qualification will test your practical and theoretical knowledge. It will require a large amount of individual research, planning and
    preparation. To gain the highest grades, you will need to ensure you attend all scheduled sessions and engage fully with all e-learning material.
  • Fees: £724 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Biology GCSE

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: There are no formal requirements to begin this course, but you must have a good standard of literacy and numeracy with an interest in biology and a commitment to attending every session and working at home between lessons. If English is not your first language you will need to have GCSE English at grade 5 (formerly grade C) or be assessed to ensure that your understanding of written text is sufficient to complete the course.
  • Details: This course is suitable to those who have an interest in biology but have no formal qualification in the subject. It is also a suitable course for those wishing to pursue a career that requires a GCSE in biology such as nursing or teaching.
  • Content: The course covers cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology. There are also 10 compulsory practicals and the final examinations will include questions that will assess your practical skills and understanding of these practicals. The course includes maths calculations and 10% of marks in the final exams will be based on maths.
  • Assessment: There will be two written examinations in May or June. Grades will be awarded according to the new mark scheme of grades 9 to 1. Assessment is entirely by examination, there is no assessed coursework.
  • Progression: Biology is a subject that requires logical and methodical thinking, therefore this course could lead on to any course that involves these attributes. It could also lead to study on a Level 3 course, and is a requirement at grade 5 and above for a number of university courses.
  • Considerations: These examinations require a high standard of preparation and considerable commitment including weekly home study and a high level of attendance if success is to be achieved. In addition to the course fees, you are required to purchase a set textbook.
  • Fees: £362
  • Exam fee: £40
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Biology AS Level

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: Two years
  • Requirements: Six GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths. You will also require minimum grades of BB (7+) at GCSE Science in Core and Additional or a grade B (7+) in GCSE Biology.
  • Details: AQA AS biology – three days per week, 4.5 hrs taught time per week.
  • Content: Like all science subjects AS biology involves testing ideas through planning, implementing and evaluating experimental evidence. The course enables you to gain a deep understanding into the scientific theory behind biological processes. A rich diet of practical work will be included in the qualification and your practical abilities will be assessed throughout the qualification. The practical application of theory does not count towards your overall grade. Please see assessment details below.
    The units you will study include:
    ■ Biological molecules
    ■ Cells
    ■ Organisms exchange substances with their environment
    ■ Generic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Assessment: Assessment for AS Biology is by two written examinations of one hour 30 minutes with each exam worth 50% of the AS. Both assessments will be taken at the end of the two year programme.
  • Progression: Successful achievement of the qualification will allow progress to Higher Education and the chance to study towards the full A level qualification.
  • Considerations: This qualification will test your practical and theoretical knowledge. It will require a large amount of individual research, planning and preparation. To gain the highest grades you will need to ensure you attend all scheduled sessions and engage fully with all e-learning material.
  • Fees: £811 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Funding Information

Applying for a course that has a concession?

Then the course could be free! Some courses are eligible for funding if you are an unemployed individual, on a state benefit* and you want to enter employment and need the skills from one of our funded courses to achieve this.

* (Income Support (universal credit), Job Seekers, Housing Benefit, Council tax Benefit, Pension Credit, ESA contribution Based, ESA work related activity group. Includes SFA funded courses only. You must be aged 19-23 on 31 August 2014. You must produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you enrol. Concessions do not apply to higher education courses.

Full details regarding funding and eligibility will be provided upon application.

How do I find out what the fee for my course is?

The fee for your chosen course is listed in the individual course sections accessed on this page. It includes the cost of tuition plus the cost of any exam and registration fee charged by the exam board (if applicable).

Are there any other costs I may have to pay?

Some courses may require you to pay extra costs for things such as course books, trips, and specialist equipment or clothing. If your course has any additional costs, you will be notified before enrolment. You can also contact the College on call 01329 815 200 to find out more.

I’m an international student – are my course fees different?

If you have not been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for more than three years before the start of your course (excluding any time spent in full-time education), different course fees may apply to you – please call 01329 815 200 to find out more. Fareham College cannot sponsor Tier 4 student visas.

My employer is funding my course – what do I need to do?

You will need to complete an Employer Authorisation form, and return to the Enrolments team, and your employer will be invoiced accordingly.

How do I pay for my course?

You can pay by cash, cheque, credit or debit card. And for courses over £500 we offer a payment by instalment service to help spread the cost of your course. A £250 minimum deposit is required if you choose to pay by instalments. Please contact the College for more information.

For further assistance or to speak to an adviser please call

01329 815 200

Please note, Part Time course fees are annualised and, unless otherwise stated, apply to each year of your course.