Basic Skills in English and Maths

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Title: Pathways

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?

Intro to a Vocational and Pathway to Vocational: Level 1

The two Pathway Programmes are specifically designed to enable learners to progress to mainstream programmes, Apprenticeships, Traineeships or other employment with training. The provision is for vocationally undecided young people, or for those who do not yet meet the entry requirements for Level 1 courses in other Faculty areas. 

Intro to courses: You will work towards a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Employability, and you will access taster sessions in other vocational faculties. The specific introductory pathways to choose from are: Work, ICT, Construction, Hair and Beauty or Health and Social Care.

Pathway to Vocational Level 1: you will progress to the Level 1 Certificate in Employability and select a specialism for 4 hours' tuition in the vocational Faculty of your choice. The vocational areas you can choose from are: Sport; Construction; Motor Vehicle; Health & Social Care; Business ; Hair; Art; ICT and Retail.

Full level 1 courses:  Within the faculty you can work towards full level 1 qualifications in

Health & Social Care,

Hair and Barbering,



All students will work towards GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English. Your personal tutor will set and review individual targets to ensure you develop the skills that will enable you to succeed and progress on to higher level courses, Apprenticeships or employment. 

Course Content:

  • Pastoral/1-1 target setting   

  • Level 1 Award/Certificate in Employability

  • English GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Maths GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Life & Social Skills

  • Confidence-building, team-work and problem-solving

  • Enrichment & Enterprise projects.

  • Work experience and/or experience of work.

How will I be assessed?

Some class sizes will be small and much of your learning will take place through practical activities.

You will be taught by a highly qualified team of tutors, dedicated to ensuring your learning experience is fun, challenging and meaningful. You may be eligible for specialist additional learning support, but we will always strive to support your individual needs. You will have targets set specifically for your needs and end goals, which will be monitored and reviewed regularly with your Personal Tutor, to ensure your learning journey stays on track.

We have strong links with professionals, and your family are invited to be involved in all aspects of your education and progress.

Methods of assessment are varied to meet your needs and abilities and will include written and verbal assessments, observation and witness statements, photographic and video evidence.

GCSE maths and English are externally set exams.

What will this lead to?

  • Levels 1 and 2 programmes in Vocational Faculties
  • Traineeships or Apprenticeships
  • Employment
  • Supported Internship.

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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