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Your guide to basic skills learning resources and online courses

Learn basic skills with the BBC

BBC Skillswise

Improve your reading, writing and number skills: find factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games for English and math skills aimed at adult learners.

BBC WebWise

Learn how to use the internet step by step with this beginner’s online course including lessons on web pages, online forms, emails, internet search engines and internet safety.

BBC Schools - Literacy

Find literacy resources for 4-11 year old students, including games, quizzes and activities for teachers and parents.

BBC Schools - Numeracy

Find numeracy resources for 4-11 year old students, including games, quizzes and activities for teachers and parents.

BBC Schools – Dance Mat Typing

Teach your child to learn how to type with these interactive games on touch typing for children aged 7 to 11.

BBC Class Clips

Increase your knowledge of life skills with these videos covering all aspects of learning basic skills including literacy, phonics, numeracy and counting.

Basic skills courses

Improve your basic skills by attending one of the courses listed by the UK's leading course finders.

Learn basic skills on the web


If you are an adult learner or are interested in adult learning, you will find a lot of relevant information on the website of The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.

Campaign for Learning

Find out how lifelong learning can improve job prospects, social inclusion and lead to a happier life.

LSIS- Read Write Plus

Find out how to implement skills for life with advice, information and guidance to improve literacy, language and numeracy skills at national and local level.

Directgov - Improving your skills

Improve your basic skills with information on numeracy, writing, English as a second language, computers and IT.


Improve your basic skills and get a qualification by taking a home learning online course or by joining one of the learndirect centres around the UK. Courses include boosting your IT skills, maths and English.

Learn how to improve your saving money skills and find out what your consumer rights are with these tips, courses, games and community forum from Martin Lewis.


Learn money management skills with over twenty practical, flexible and free online training courses and NVQs.


Develop your keyboard skills with this structured touch typing course and free resource to aid supervised keyboard education.
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