Maths & English

Are your maths and English skills holding you back?

Maths and English skills are an important part of everyday and work life and employers are looking for people with these skills. In fact, most employers expect candidates to have GCSEs in maths and English at grade C (4) or above! For adults, GCSE Maths and English are available at Preston’s College and are FREE* to study this September. Please don’t delay your application, the GCSEs run once a year and if you don’t apply now then you will have to wait till next year. For school leavers, if you don’t achieve a Grade 4 in maths or English at School, these will be built into your study programmes alongside your selected course.

GCSE Maths

GCSE English 

We also offer 12 week courses in maths and English at different levels for adults. There are a variety of days and times too, so we can fit around your commitments. Find out more about functional skills in maths and English using the links below.

Functional Skills – Maths

Functional Skills – English

*Terms and conditions apply

Why study  Maths & English?

If you are aged 16-18, we will include maths and English as part of your study programme (unless you have a grade C/4 or above).

If you are aged 19+, Maths and English skills are important for you to progress in further study or into employment.

Your tutors will support you throughout and teach you how to apply what you learn into the workplace from planning your time effectively through to being able to talk to colleagues and customers using appropriate language and behaviour.

Top five English skills for work are:

  1. Complete personal details and information
  2. Complete time-sheets and work related documentation
  3. Write letters, emails, telephone messages, orders, receipts and invoices
  4. Talk to colleagues and customers using appropriate and polite language
  5. Read and understand technical information

“Half of employers bin job applications with spelling and grammatical errors.”

The top five maths skills at work are:

  1. Plan time effectively
  2. Write down number sequences accurately
  3. Make calculations and understand the importance of accuracy
  4. Use estimating skills for supplies
  5. Make money calculations for sales and profits

“People with poor maths skills are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than those with good maths skills.”