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First Class Learning Franchise

First Class Learning specialises in maths and English; it’s the UK’s fastest growing tuition business with 300 franchisee-run centres.

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At a Glance

Established: 2003

UK Presence: 300+ centres across the UK

Start Up Cost: £10,000

BFA Status: Associate

Franchise Info

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First Class Learning (FCL) is a highly successful education franchise specialising in maths and English. It is currently the UK’s fastest growing tuition business with 300 franchisee-run centres nationwide

First Class Learning is a tuition business, but what it is really selling is success to students, parents and franchisees. Its success is built on investment in people, with the franchise built on the mantra that no child deserves to be left behind.

In today’s competitive world, parents are increasingly willing to invest in extra-curricular education to help their child succeed at school. This mostly takes the form of after-school tuition with a private tutor or at a tuition centre like ours.

Currently the market for after-school education in the UK is worth in excess of £6bn and rapidly growing. Working as one of our franchisees, you can meet this demand with a professional product providing you with a good income and attractive long-term prospects.

Our network of centres is run entirely by independent Managers (franchisees) using maths and English programmes exclusively designed and produced by specialists using their extensive experience in the education sector. These are designed to sit alongside the learning objectives of the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. This is perhaps our main point of difference to that of our competitors, many of whom use materials that bear no relation to the school curriculum.

We are also supported by professional educationalists. Unlike some international after-school programmes, our service provides you with a strong base to develop your business while reducing the threat from competitors.

Our business model ensures business partners get a high percentage of profits as classes grow. Franchisees choose the days and times that suit their venues, as well as the fee structure for their centre. Our set-up also offers a great deal of flexibility based on personal circumstances, and therefore a great work-life balance.

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You will need to run your class for at least one day per week for between one and three hours, but ultimately you can scale this up or down to suit demand and, of course, your own circumstances.

You will constantly need to promote awareness of your tuition services to your local community. This means advertising in the local press, displaying posters, distributing leaflets and most importantly, being a passionate advocate for after-school tuition in your area. We’ll help you with online marketing too.


While sharing our passion for working with children is a pre-requisite, and some experience of teaching is helpful, it is not obligatory for you to be a qualified teacher. We provide all the training required to implement the maths and English programmes successfully, both in your centre and local schools.  Based on our experiences with our existing franchisees, we believe that as a potential franchisee you should meet most or all the following personal profile:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Good maths and English skills
  • High personal integrity
  • A clean Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate
  • Desire to work with children
  • Able to foster good relationships within the local community – particularly with local schools
  • Enthusiastic with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Self-motivated and committed to building a successful business
  • Well-organised – particularly in the work environment
  • Reasonable level of financial awareness
  • A team player

Where we are recruiting

We are looking for franchisees throughout the UK, though key areas include Scotland, Yorkshire (South, North, West), Birmingham, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Manchester area.

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Case Studies

Case Study
Multi-unit franchisee is celebrating 10 years with First Class Learning

Emma Orton joined First Class Learning in 2011 as franchisee for Darlington.  Her career has spanned almost 20 years in education including completing her teacher training and Masters in Education.  However, when expecting her first child, Emma decided that whilst she didn’t want to give up teaching, she needed a career that would work around her family life. After much research, Emma decided upon First Class Learning as it would allow her to continue working in the education sector, whilst working from home and setting her own hours. In March 2013, Emma had taken over developing centres in Sunderland and South Shields and in September 2017, she opened her fourth centre in Redcar.

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Private tuition in high demand as pupils struggle with lockdown lessons

Extra help for school pupils has never been in higher demand, as worried parents struggle with home schooling.  Stressed teachers are also looking at their options career wise as working conditions in schools under the pandemic become more difficult. First Class Learning (FCL), currently the UK’s fastest growing tuition business with over 300 franchises throughout the UK, has announced that it has opened new tuition centres in Liverpool, Nelson (Lancashire), Aberdeen and Edinburgh.   

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With schools across the UK now back post lockdown, many parents and teachers are starting to think about how the new school term will look like. Nothing is going to be the same for some time, with social distancing measures in place, homework likely to be done online from now on, and the likes of school bags being banned.  

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