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 achieved these grades you will start 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. For most learners, one lesson will be face-to-face and one will be online.

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.

When you join us as a maths or English student at Reaseheath College, you will also be given access to Century Tech. Century Tech is an online learning platform, which uses artificial intelligence to create a bespoke learning pathway based on your areas for improvement. Century Tech is the perfect online learning tool, which can be used for extra practice, exam revision, independent study time and more to achieve the grade you are striving for.

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. Maths skills at this level are highly valued by universities and employers.

For students under the age of 19 it is a government requirement that we help to develop 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.

89% of our students feel like they are making progress in Maths

92% of our students feel like they are making progress in English

90% of our students enjoy their Maths lessons at Reaseheath

94% of our students enjoy their English lessons at Reaseheath

86% of our students studying maths, and 87% of our students studying English, feel they are developing skills which will improve their employability


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.