Basic Skills in English and Maths

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Title: GCSE Resits for 16-18 year olds

Pathway: Basic Skills in English and Maths

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

This course is designed for 16-18 year old learners who wish to improve on previous grades or gain additional GCSEs.

You will study both GCSE English and GCSE Maths, and receive tutorial support throughout the year in addition to completing vocational taster sessions and work experience.

GCSE English Language

This course covers Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. You will:

  • Identify explicit and implicit information
  • Explain, comment on and analyse a writer's use of language and structure
  • Evaluate a text critically
  • Compare writers' viewpoints and perspectives
  • Produce descriptive and narrative writing
  • Complete viewpoint writing
  • Develop good spelling, punctuation and grammar.

GCSE Maths

Skills areas covered include:  

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio
  • Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Data Handling
  • Geometry and Measure
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Graphs, Charts and Averages.
There is an option to study GCSE Chemistry and/or GCSE Biology alongside English and maths. Places are subject to completing initial assessments in these subjects.
There are NO formal entry requirements for this course - places are subject to an initial assessment. You will need to demonstrate an ability level around Grade 3/D in both subjects to enrol onto the course.

How will I be assessed?

All GCSE qualifications are externally set examinations. However, you will also be assessed throughout the year to monitor your progress through half-termly milestone assessments.

What will this lead to?

For learners aged 16-18, this course is designed to enable you to progress to a higher level course, such as a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. Students can also progress to Apprenticeships or into the world of work.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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