At City College, we provide more than just your chosen qualification. All students are enrolled on a specialised Study
Programme which is tailored to your educational needs. This includes:
Your Study Programme includes the main qualification you are studying towards in your chosen subject, eg. City & Guilds or BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas.
Mathematics and English
Achieving a good standard of mathematics and English skills- at least a grade C or above in both subjects at GCSE - is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. These qualifications can also mean higher earnings in the future!
City College is dedicated to ensuring students aged 16-18, who have not yet achieved a minimum of grade C in GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics achieve these qualifications.
What does this mean for me?
If you don’t have a grade C in either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English - You will be enrolled on these qualifications as part of your Study Programme to work towards a grade C in both subjects. If you have a GCSE grade lower than a D, this is more likely to be a Functional Skills qualification.
If you have a GCSE grade C in one subject but not the other - You will be enrolled on a qualification as part of your Study Programme to work towards your GCSE grade C in the subject that you have yet to achieve a C grade in. This will either be Functional Skills or a GCSE retake programme and you will discuss this with a subject expert.
If you already have grade C in both GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English - You will not be enrolled on any mathematics or English qualifications but you will continue to develop and apply your skills throughout the rest of your study programme. You will have the opportunity to improve your GCSE grades in mathematics and English if you wish.
Your Study Programme will help prepare you for the world of work or higher-level study. There will be many opportunities for you to learn and develop your employability skills and you will keep a record of how and when you demonstrate these skills. This could be as part of your course or work experience or by taking part in a range of employment focused activities.
Employers have identified seven key employability skills which they look for when recruiting. These are:
• business and customer service awareness;
• communication and literacy;
• application of numeracy; and
• application of IT.
At City College, we want you to have the edge when applying for jobs, therefore we provide you with opportunities to learn and develop these skills. You will also have the opportunity to work with our Entrepreneur-in-Residence to develop business ideas of your own.