Maths and English

The Benefits of Maths and English

    Progression on to higher levels study
  • Improves your employment opportunities
  • Better job security

How does Maths and English fit into my study program?

Maths and English are key elements of your study programme. All the elements of your study programme are important, they give you the skills, knowledge and experience to progress on to further study or employment and meet your potential.

Initial assessment – it’s not a test

You will undertake an initial assessment activity which will identify the key maths and English areas you need to develop. This information will help to identify the correct pathway of study for you.

Pathway To support your progression at college and develop your Maths and English skills if you have

  • D / grade 3 in GCSE maths you will work towards GCSE
  • D / 3 in GCSE English you will work towards GCSE
  • E / grade 3 GCSE or below you will develop your skills by working towards level 1 functional skills. It is anticipated that you will them progress on to GCSE maths or English.

Local employer views –

  1. “Maths particularly is a vital part of the stylists work from cutting angles to mixing colours.”
  2. “We wanted to get the message over that maths and English does not stop at school or college and the importance of getting the higher grades in these subjects so that they can progress onto an apprenticeship.”
  3. “Reading, writing and maths are very important skills in the care sector as all our residents have care plans detailing everything from weight to medication.”
  4. “Numeracy and literacy skills are vital in this industry – interpreting data, calculating costs of travel and events and communicating at a professional level with clients.”

The maths and English skills employers say they need.


  • General communication skills;
  • Speaking clearly and comprehensibly;
  • Listening and reacting appropriately;
  • Vocabulary (a wider ability to use appropriate words accurately);
  • Punctuation and grammar;Spelling;
  • The ability to write longer pieces of text than just a few paragraphs;
  • The ability to compose business appropriate correspondence;
  • The ability to research, communicate and redact information.


  • Awareness of different measures and converting between them;
  • Basic understanding of probabilities
  • Calculating and interpreting percentages;
  • Extracting necessary information, even from basic texts;
  • Calculate change, including calculating discounts
  • Estimate resources needed.
  • Interpretation of quantitative data;
  • Mental arithmetic;
  • Noticing possible rogue results/calculation errors; and Using fractions, decimals and ratios.

CBI (2014a) Gateway to Growth Education and Skills Survey.

Maths and English in the Workplace

  • Many employers struggle to know how to respond when their employees fail to understand that correct spelling, grammar and punctuation are so important
  • Maths and English are central to work and life; success in these subjects is linked to better life chances and greater achievement
  • It is clear from discussions with employers that GCSE is a qualification they trust and many use it to select employees
  • The lower a young adult's qualifications, the more likely they are to be in low-paid work
  • Good qualifications in maths and English open the door to a wider variety of careers than would be possible without them
  • The low level of skills inevitably impacts on the success of the economy as a whole
  • Employers are typically looking for applicants who show a good level of English and mathematical skills
  • On average, those with no qualifications earn 20% less than those who leave school with GCSEs (grades A*-C). It shows just how crucial attaining GSCEs or equivalent qualifications can be.
  • Employers are concerned about the maths and English skills of their recruits, but they are less concerned about qualifications. They use qualifications as a proxy for skills and, like the general public, employers regard GCSE as the main benchmark
  • GCSE’s act as a gateway to gaining the necessary qualifications you will need to pursue your dream career



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