English and Maths skills

Good English and Maths skills will be a huge help to you when looking for jobs. Employers are always looking for these attributes and often use English and Maths qualifications to pick people for interview when selecting new staff. With a good level of English and Maths, you are more likely to find employment, earn more and progress in education and at work.

If you are aged 16-19 (or 16-25 if you have and EHCP) and have not achieved a grade 4 in English and maths yet you will continue to study these alongside the vocational element of your study programme. If you are over 19 (at enrolment) without a grade 4 in English and maths this will not be part of your study programme, however you will be encouraged to take the opportunity to study these subjects.

WUC is committed to the development of English and maths skills for all students so if you already have a grade 4 in English and maths you will continue to develop these skills during vocational sessions and industry placements.

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Asa Peach
Level 3 Sport

Being able to re-take my GCSEs at Writtle University College meant that I was able to go on to Higher Education, which improves the job opportunities open to me.

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Kara Hensher-Wombwell
Level 2 Animal Care

Being able to re-take my Level 2 English and Maths at Writtle means that I am able to go on to study Veterinary Nursing, which has always been my dream.

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Paul Downer
Managing Director, Oak View Landscapes

Good English and Maths grades are fundamental to young people's employment prospects as these are skills that are extremely important to businesses. Therefore, ensuring that all young people leave education with good GCSEs in English and Maths is a high priority for employers.

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Julia Smith
Former Chair of the Board of Governors at WUC

College is a second chance to gain decent GCSE grades in Maths and English. You will earn, on average, £5,000 per year more with a C grade Maths than without it - learn it then earn it.

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English and Maths Quick Guide 2021/22