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 University College Birmingham, 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 University College Birmingham, 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 University College Birmingham.

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