Examination courses

Do you need or want to gain an extra qualification perhaps for personal fulfilment or career advancement? If so, we are offering a range of examination courses in a variety of different subjects. Let our knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutors guide you through these important qualifications so that you can improve your skills, face the exams with confidence and hopefully have some fun on the way.#

Essential Information


The first session of all examination courses is intended as an induction. It provides an opportunity for you to meet the tutor, ask any questions, find out about the course and the commitment involved, and for you and your tutor to check that you are enrolled on the correct level course.

Examination courses are quite intensive so it is important that you donít miss the start date. Enrol now and put the date in your diary! All the exam courses involve a significant amount of individual study outside of lessons and you need to carefully consider how you will fit this around other commitments. Because of the level of work involved, we do not allow students to enrol on more than two courses at once. If you enrol on an examination course, it is expected that you will sit the exam or exams as they are an essential part of that course. Whilst we are here to help you succeed, ACRES reserves the right to refuse entry to a course under particular circumstances. If youíre at all unsure or have any concerns, please contact the enrolment office at Uckfield or speak to your tutor at the first session.

If you are enrolled on an examination course and require extra help with any Maths or English skills in addition to that provided by the course, support can be arranged free of charge, just speak to your tutor.

We are committed to helping you succeed and gain that important qualification, so donít hold back, enrol today and be a step further towards realising your potential.

If you need any help in choosing the most appropriate course for you, please telephone on 01825 761820 and we will be happy to provide you with further details. Each course has an information sheet which gives further details. This will be sent to you automatically when you enrol. It is also available on request prior to enrolment or you can download it from the Course Search section of the website.


We are offering GCSE courses in Maths and English, during the day and in the evening. If you do not have a level 2 qualification in English or Maths (Grades A*-C) you will be eligible to a free Maths or English GCSE course. Please ring 01825 761820 for more information. In addition we are offering a GCSE Biology course.

GCSE Maths aims to improve your mathematical skills in a supportive environment.

GCSE English will help improve your speaking and listening skills, develop your written work and improve skills in reading and responding to non-fiction and literary texts, including a Shakespeare play.

GCSE Biology This course aims to develop and expand student's knowledge of biology and to provide a basis for further study of the subject. NEW This year we are offering courses at both Uckfield and Hailsham.

Level 2 Entitlement

If you are over 19 (no upper age limit) and do have not 5 GCSEs (grade C or above) or an equivalent other qualification, eg NVQ 2/O Level/BTEC First Diploma, you may be entitled to free tuition for one of the NVQ Level 2 courses offered. You will be required to pay for course materials and examination fees.

Certificates and Diplomas

Do you need a qualification that is directly linked to your career as a Teaching Assistant? We offer courses at Certificate and Diploma level and provide a friendly and supportive environment to help you through these nationally recognised replacements for the former NVQ qualifications.

The Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is for child care workers in a setting, caring for children, whilst the Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools level 3 is for experienced child care workers wishing to further their careers.

Initial Adult Learning Teaching Qualification - City and Guilds Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Whatever your area of expertise, it could be that you are interested in passing on your knowledge through teaching or training adults. Who knows, when youíre qualified, you might want to come and join the ACRES team!

The City and Guilds 7303 Ė Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, offers an introduction to core teaching skills and provides an ideal foundation for progressing into teaching or training.

Free English and Maths courses

We offer free courses to help people improve their English and Maths skills. Details of these courses can be found in the English and Maths section of the brochure. If you would like more details or to arrange an initial meeting, please telephone the ACRES Office on 01825 761820 and ask for Skill for Life.