At Reaseheath, we take the overall education of our students and their employment prospects very seriously. Therefore, we are committed to developing your language, literacy and numeracy skills to aid your future progression.

Achieving GCSEs to at least the standard of Grade 4 (or Grade C level) in maths and English is important for your employment prospects and academic progression. If you haven’t attained these grades you will commence a tailored pathway of either GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications to further develop your skills. You will attend maths and/or English lessons twice a week with other students from your course and your department.

You’ll be fully supported by a dedicated team of specialist maths and English tutors who will deliver engaging lessons which link closely to your chosen industry.

If you enrol with a Grade 4 (or above, or equivalent) in maths and English you will be encouraged to develop your understanding to ensure that you are well equipped to enter your chosen industry. You will have the option to improve your grade and there may also be the opportunity for you to study a Level 3 Core Maths qualification.

For students under the age of 19 it is a government requirement that we facilitate your language, literacy and numeracy skills. Students aged 19 and over, who are yet to achieve GCSEs at Grade 4 level will be given the option of studying suitable maths and English qualifications free of charge.

87% of students prefer maths and English at Reaseheath College than school

100% of food and foundation students prefer English at Reaseheath College than school

96% of construction, 94% of food, and 93% of horticulture students prefer maths at Reaseheath College than school


English and maths at GCSE grade 4+ are essential qualifications for progression within further education and to higher education and employment.

Employers frequently stress the importance of GCSE/functional skills and they are recognised as being vital to the world of work and the college incorporates this work within your studies.

Students also need to have at least a grade C GCSE in maths and English to progress onto a university course. The college aim is that each student will work to a level to improve English and maths that is achievable to meet his or her own specific needs.  Functional skills, where practical, relate to the vocational subject area.

The College also offers an opportunity to re-study GCSE to students who hold a grade D/3 in English and maths subjects.  These are essential skills that will enable you to achieve to your full potential in your main subject area. You will study for one year, then sit the exam in June.

If you do not hold grade C GCSE in English or maths you will be expected to study a specific qualification to progress in these subjects and all full-time students under the age of 19 are expected to improve their functional skills levels in communication, application of number and information technology.

For students over 19 this is optional and depends upon individual circumstances, but the College feels that all students benefit from working to improve their English and maths. Sessions will be delivered discretely by specialised English and maths tutors where it is identified that you need to improve your qualifications. English and maths skills will also be further developed through embedding within you main qualification.