“Sharing our creative ideas brings them to life, so having strong communication skills is important both at home and in the workplace.”

Lisa Burton Head of Essential Skills

Why Are Essential Skills Important?

Maths is vital in everyday life, allowing us to apply structure, patterns and rules, skills which are useful in many situations in work and our personal lives. Learning maths is a way to develop the mental tools for dealing with the realities of life.

Did you know:

  • Most employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths, so a good pass in each could help you get started in your future career.
  • On average, people with good GCSE grades in English and maths earn around £2,000 a year more than those who don’t.
  • If you’re thinking of going to university, the majority of courses look for at least GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths- they could be the difference in whether or not you get a place.
  • A good level of English and maths helps you with real-life skills, from communicating more effectively to having a better understanding of your finances.
  • English and maths are actually good for you! Studies show these subjects are linked to better physical and mental health. With good English, maths and IT skills, you can access higher education, get the job you want, earn more and potentially live a longer life. 

Will I have to study English and maths as part of my course?

  • I’ve got English and/or maths at grade 9- 4 (A-C)

You won’t need to do any additional English and maths, but you will do some independent learning.

  • I’ve got English and/or maths at grade 2 or 3 (D-E) or Functional Skills at Level 1

You’ll study on a GCSE course and aim for at least a grade 4 or Functional Skills at Level 2.

  • I’ve got English and/or maths at grade 1 (F-G) or Entry Level Functional Skills

You’ll study Functional Skills English and maths at a level that’s right for you, with the aim of developing your knowledge and skills. This will prepare you for progression to GCSE.

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