English and Maths 

Can only be undertaken as part of a full programme of study for learners aged 16-18 or as part of the Access to Higher Education course for learners 19 or over.  Stand alone GCSEs are not offered at NKC.

English and Maths at GCSE A*- C/ 9-4 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 these skills within your studies.

Students also need to have at least a Grade C/4 GCSE in Maths and English to progress onto a university course. The college will ensure that every student who enters with anything less than a ‘C’ grade or grade 4 GCSE, will continue to develop and improve their GCSE English and Maths as part of their study programme. Functional skills, where practical, relate to the vocational subject area.

The Government has stated that from September 2015 all students starting a new study programme of 150 hours or more, aged 16 to 18, or aged 19 to 25 if they have an Education and Healthcare Plan, who do not hold a GCSE grade A*-C (9-4) or equivalent qualification in maths and/or in English, are required to be studying these subjects as part of their study programme in each academic year.

Understanding GCSE grades- click here

What does this mean at NKC? 

English – if you achieve in your GCSE at school:

grade C/grade 4 or above in English (language or literature) you will not have to continue studying English at college
grade D/grade 3 you will retake English GCSE at college
grade E/grade 2 or below you will study Functional Skills at college 

Maths - if you achieve in your GCSE at school: 

grade C/grade 4 or above you will not have to continue studying Maths at college
grade D/grade 3 you will retake Maths GCSE at college
grade E/grade 2 or below you will study Functional Skills at college 

Functional Skills: 

At college, teachers will help develop your knowledge and understanding of Maths and English, but through a vocational context, so you will more easily identify opportunities for real life Maths application within your main study programme, which will better prepare you for the world of work or higher level training. 

Both GCSE and Functional Skills as outlined above, are a compulsory part of your programme of study and will be 2 hours per week for each subject needed. If you are required to continue to study maths and English due to your prior attainment, then attendance at English and maths is a compulsory part of your study programme.


If you have any further questions or queries please contact:

Sheila Dance
Assistant Principal – English, Maths & Support
Tel. 01322 629414
sheiladance@northkent.ac.uk