CALAT Croydon Adult Learning and Training

English and Maths


We offer English and maths courses from beginner up to GCSE level.

Find out more about our GCSE courses:

If English is not your first language, we also offer a range of courses in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Learn for free

All of our English and maths courses are free to learners, apart from those who are:

  • younger than 19
  • overseas learners


Our courses include:

  • Functional Skills from beginners to pre-GCSE
  • GCSE qualifications
  • Flexible online English and maths courses, from Entry 3 to Level 2
  • Short courses in writing to improve employment prospects

Dates and locations

There are multiple options on offer:

  • different venues across the borough, as well as online
  • course duration from 5 to 31 weeks
  • at times to suit you – day, evening and weekends

How to apply

You can enrol online by contacting us at calatenglish&

If you prefer to enrol in person we will be holding initial assessments at our centres on the following dates. Please bring either your UK birth certificate, UK/EU passport or your Indefinite Leave to Remain Resident Permit.

Thornton Heath

Thursday 21 October 10am

Thursday 4th November 10am

Thursday 11th November 10am

Thursday 18th November 10am

Thursday 25th November 10am

Thursday 2nd  December 10am

Thursday 9th December 10am

Central Croydon

Friday 22 October 10am

Friday 5th November 10am

Friday 19th November 10am

Friday 26th November 10am

Friday 3rd December 10am

Friday 10th December 10am

Sessions can take up to 90 minutes. 

Meet the team

Jason McDonald - English and maths curriculum coordinator

Jason McDonald - English and maths curriculum coordinator

I have worked in education for 21 years and with CALAT for 14 of those. In that time I have never lost my passion for delivering adult education and seeing people achieve their goals, whether personal or professional.

Simon Ambrosi - Maths tutor

Simon Ambrosi - Maths tutor

Whilst I have been working as a maths tutor with CALAT since 2018 I spent the first 16 years of my working life at a FTSE100 insurance and investment company. During this time I became involved with pensions, annuities reinsurance, and a few other areas, before becoming a Solutions Strategist and Investment Product Specialist. Using maths on a daily basis, often explaining complex mathematical concepts to people with a less technical background, made a career change to a maths tutor a logical step for me.

I have always enjoyed and taken pride in sharing my passion for maths with people of all ages. This encouraged me to create my own YouTube channel at the start of the first COVID lockdown which you can explore by clicking on my name above. Initially this was to help my own small group of learners at CALAT but has now had over 90,000 views with my walkthroughs of practice exam papers particularly popular.