English and Maths change lives

English and Maths are the most important skills and qualifications you need, to make progress in your life.

Every course for school leavers includes English and Maths development. We want all of our students to gain English and Maths at Level 2. These qualifications will:

  • support you to progress and pass your chosen course.
  • support your progression onto higher levels of study, an apprenticeship or university.
  • support your future employment and opportunities for promotion and higher pay.
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Will I study English and Maths?

If you're aged 16-18 and don't have a Grade 4 (C) at GCSE in either English or Maths, you'll attend weekly classes to work towards this level.

The English and Maths skills you gain will support you to be successful in your chosen career.

English and Maths pay

Most employers need their employees to have at least GCSE Grade 4 (C) or Level 2 Functional Skills in both English and Maths.

English and Maths qualifications could be the difference that gets you the apprenticeship, job or promotion you want.

English and Maths for school leavers

You’re more likely to get into uni

The majority of universities want applicants to have achieved at least Grade 4 (C) at GCSE level or Level 2 in Functional Skills in English and Maths.

Getting these grades will boost your chances of getting into university.

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We use English and Maths skills every day

We use English and Maths skills at home, when we socialise and in the work place.

A good level of understanding means that you can have more control over things in your personal life like your finances, communication, and you can gain a better understanding of issues such as politics and current affairs.

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How you'll develop your English and Maths skills

  • If you have gained a GCSE Grade 3 in either English or Maths we'll help you work towards a higher grade.

  • If you gained a GCSE Grade 1 or 2 you will complete an assessment and you will take a Functional Skills qualification at the right level for you to make progress.

  • If you achieved a Functional Skills qualification you will progress onto the next level up to Level 2.

  • If you don’t have a Maths and English qualification you’ll do an assessment to determine the best Maths and English courses for you
You can also book into Study Plus if you need extra support to make progress.


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