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English and maths

Employers and universities expect their applicants to have a good standard of English and maths, and are often essential for you to be taken seriously as a candidate.

Besides work and study, good English and maths skills are important in your day-to-day life and can help you make sensible decisions, make the most of your money, and plan your time.

That’s why all students will continue studying English and maths until they are 19, or until they have received a C grade or grade 4. Each campus has specialist English and maths staff, and classes are delivered in rooms situated alongside each technical and professional teaching area/workshop.

If you have achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE you do not have to complete a further qualification, but will undertake a project which is designed to improve your skills in English and maths. You also have the opportunity to improve your GCSE grade or to study Core Maths at level 3.

If you have grade 2 or 3 at GCSE we will support you to resit your English and/or maths GCSE in the June exams series. 

If you have grade 1 or no grade at GCSE we will support you to resit your English and/or maths qualification. You will re-take the exam in the June exam series to build your confidence in sitting exams and to help you see how far you have progressed. We anticipate that you will take the exam again in your second year with us. 

Functional Skills qualifications for English and maths remain available for Foundation students, Apprentices and adult students.