Maths and English

If you are aged between 16 and 18 years and have not already achieved a GCSE at grade C/4 (or above) in English and Maths, you will continue to study these subjects as part of your main study programme. There are two main study pathways:


Pathway 1:

  • If you don’t have a GCSE in English, or you have a GCSE in English with a grade E/2 or lower, you will initially study a Functional Skills English qualification at a level appropriate for you.
  • If you don’t have a GCSE in Maths, or have a GCSE with a grade of E/2 or lower, you will initially study a Functional Skills Maths qualification at a level appropriate for you.

Functional Skills qualifications are recognised and valued by employers and provide you with key skills in that subject area. At UCB, the content of the courses is designed to be both vocationally relevant and applicable to a wide range of real-life situations.

We use City and Guilds for our Functional Skills courses.

Pathway 2:

  • If you have a GCSE English Language at grade D/3, you will undertake a one year GCSE re-sit programme.
  • If you have a Functional Skills English qualification at Level 1, you can also study the GCSE programme.
  • The same also applies to Maths.

At UCB, we design our GCSE courses to be contextualised as much as possible to your vocational area of study, and to give you a fresh perspective of the study of GCSE English and Maths.

Our GCSE English course teaches English Language only. We do not offer English Literature, and we use Eduqas as our exam board. Our Maths GCSE courses use Edexcel.

Students achieve well across all Maths and English courses at UCB. If you have any questions about studying English and/or Maths at UCB, please contact one of our friendly English and/or Maths tutors.

Success story


Areejah celebrates GCSE maths resit success as UCB beats national trend

Areejah Mahmood was among 47 UCB students to achieve a Grade 4 in the latest GCSE maths resit in November, with the University's pass rate more than 10% higher than the average across the rest of the country.



UCB English lecturer wins Teacher of Year at national awards

Dr Gavin Cole was recognised at The Skills Awards from online key skills training provider bksb for his “inspirational teaching” of GCSE and Functional Skills English.


All adding up for Andrew

Predicted a Grade B, UCB second year Sports Studies student Andrew Goodger felt pretty confident about passing his maths GCSE at school. 


Sweet success for baker Katy

With individual one-to-one support and constant encouragement from her UCB English tutor all the way, Katy ended up walking into the exam brimming with confidence. 


Ben "The Bomber" hits mark with pass in GCSE English

It was definitely a punch in the air moment for England Youth Boxing champion and UCB student Ben “The Bomber” Vaughan when he finally passed his GCSE English.