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Improve your Maths and English

Improve your English and maths.
Another chance to improve your prospects – English/Welsh First Language and Maths at Coleg Gwent
Maths and English aren’t always everyone’s favourite subjects in school and it may not be obvious straight away how fractions, algebra and Pythagoras; semi colons, adverbs and the correct use of apostrophes will matter in your job in the future.  But they will; we use maths and English every day without even realising it.
Most employers and universities want applicants with GSCE Maths and English grades at A* to C, and young people who lack these qualifications are more likely to be unemployed for longer.  So if you don't get the grades you need in GCSE Maths and English to get you the future you want, you’ll get a second chance to improve them alongside your course; we’ll help you reach a level that’s achievable and meets your own specific needs.
• Improve your employment prospects
• Expand you career opportunities
• Get the potential to earn more money in the future
You'll find out more when you enrol.

What universities say about the importance of maths and English Sarah Watkins, UK Student Recruitment Manager at University of South Wales
“Maths and English underpin so many different careers, so whether you want to be a teacher, journalist, psychologist or even a forensic scientist, achieving success in maths and English is crucial for you to get ahead – many employers, including the University of South Wales, expect applicants who haven’t studied to degree level to have a grade C or above at GCSE.

“Most universities ask for grade C or above at GCSE Maths and English and sometimes higher for specific course, so being successful in these qualifications will enable you to access a wider range of university courses.

“You may find maths and English challenging or they may not be your favourite subjects, but they are still so important for your future so stick at it! Ask for help and stay focused because these subjects will open doors for your future study and career.”

Ruth Meighan, Student Recruitment Officer, Cardiff University
“Studying Maths and English gives you a range of transferable skills, such as communication and problem solving, which are needed not only in the classroom or workplace, but in so many other aspects of everyday life.  Having a secure grounding in English and Maths opens the door to a range of career opportunities.

“No matter which pathway you choose – an Apprenticeship, employment or further/higher education – being able to demonstrate your English and Maths skills with a recognised qualification is extremely important and will help you get on in life.”
What employers say about the importance of maths and EnglishClaire Roberts, Education and Community Manager at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
“Maths and English are essential to get you through life – whether it’s to write an e mail or a text, or to general finances to run a home or a budget in work – we use these essential tools every day without realising it.  

“You may have to study really hard to achieve those all-important C grades in maths and English but it’ll certainly be worth the effort as once you have these qualifications you’ll have more opportunities in the future.”

Kate Rees, Regional Director, Lovell
“I see a lot of job applications and one of the first things I look at is whether the potential candidate has a GCSE in maths and English.  Young people should look upon education as an opportunity that will ensure there are more doors left open to them.  

“You close a door by not doing a GCSE in English or maths and there will be some point later in life when you’re applying for a job and not having these qualifications could block your chances.”

Shane Jay, Regional Technical Manager, Lovell
“I use maths and English every day without realising it – picking up the phone and dealing with clients and members of the public.  Young people shouldn’t underestimate the importance of maths and English; you may not work in an office environment – maybe as a mechanic or a hairdresser, but both require interaction with people and business acumen which rely on these important subjects.”

Wondering why maths and English are so important to YOU?  Find your subject area below for examples. 





To correctly analyse data

To keep accurate notes of projects and to write reports

Art & Design, Media, Photography

To measure fabrics in fashion design to make sure garments fit

To successfully pitch your work to clients

Accountancy, Business & Law

To ensure you don’t spend over your budget

To effectively communicate with staff and negotiate with clients

Catering & Hospitality

To calculate the ingredients of a recipe and working how long you need to cook it for

To provide top customer service and get orders correct

Computing & Digital Technology

Entering formulae into spreadsheets

Entering important data accurately


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 ensure work spaces are safe

Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Working out the right 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

Agriculture & Animal Care

To make sure you don’t under or overfeed animals

Understanding treatment information for animals

Music, Drama & Dance

To calculate stage times

Learning scripts for auditions

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 team mates and agreeing tactics

Researching destinations to advise clients

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