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Improve your prospects, improve your Maths and English

Coleg Gwent takes maths and English development very seriously. We recognise that good maths and English are vital assets in today’s job market, as well as everyday life.

Most employers and universities look for applicants with GSCE Maths and English Grades A* to C and, if you don’t have these qualifications, chances are you’ll be more likely to be unemployed for longer. So if you didn’t get the grades you need in GCSE Maths and English for the future you want, we can give you a second chance to improve them alongside your course, as well as help you achieve the level you need to:

  • Improve your employment prospects
  • Expand your career opportunities
  • Potentially earn more money in the future

As a full time learner at the College, maths and English will be a part of your learning programme, where we will support you to gain the maths and English qualifications that are needed for your course progression, employers and university. If you did not achieve a grade C, or above, in your maths and English Language at GCSE, you will continue to study these subjects at College. Dependant on your attainment, this will either be GCSE re-examination, or Essential Skills. If you do achieve a grade C, or above in these subjects, you will continue to develop these essential skills in your main programme or Skills Challenge Certificate.

Here’s why Maths and English are so important

Maths English
Accountancy, Business & Law To make sure you don’t spend over your budget To effectively communicate with staff and negotiate with clients
Agriculture & Animal Care Ensuring you don’t under- or overfeed animals Understanding treatment information for animals
Art & Design, Media, Photography To measure fabrics in fashion design to make sure garments fit To successfully pitch your work to clients
Catering & Hospitality To calculate the ingredients of a recipe and work out how long to cook it for To provide top customer service and get orders correct
Computing & Digital Technology Entering formulae into spreadsheets Entering important data accurately
Construction Using fractions to position joints at equal distances along a stud wall To provide accurate and professional quotes to potential clients
Engineering & Automotive Measuring materials and angles to make sure designs are done correctly Understanding health and safety regulations to make sure work spaces are safe
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Working out the correct ratios for colouring hair or brow tints Communicating with clients and booking appointments
Health, Care & Early Years Making sure you keep the right ratio of children or patients to carers, helping everyone to stay safe Managing patient or client records
Music, Drama & Dance To calculate stage times Learning scripts for auditions
Science To correctly analyse data To keep accurate notes of projects and to write reports
Sport, Travel & Public Services Working out scores and how many points you need to win

Calculating currency exchange rates to get the best deal

Communicating with teammates and agreeing tactics

Researching destinations to advise clients