Maths & English

You can’t live without Maths and English 

At NHC, we are here to help you discover what you want your future to look like and how you get there.

That means helping you build your skills and knowledge as part of your study programme. It also means helping you make sure that you’ve got the broader set of skills that your future employers want – including maths and English.

If you’re a student aged 16 to 18 and haven’t yet achieved maths and English qualifications, you’ll study a GCSE or Functional Skills maths and English course in addition to your vocational qualification sessions. You’ll be enrolled onto one of the following routes:

  • If you have grade 2 or 1 at GCSE, you’ll do a Functional Skills qualification at the right level for you
  • If you have a grade 3 at GCSE, you’ll continue to study GCSE maths and English to help you achieve a 9-4
  • If you’ve already got a grade 4 or above, we’ll help you improve and develop your skills within your course sessions in the context of your chosen area of study

We run lots of activities and competitions to reward you for your attendance and engagement with maths and English. Equally, you won’t be allowed to continue attending vocational sessions if you’re not actively engaged with M&E.

From 2017, new GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths were graded 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade comparable to a very high A* and 4 being comparable to a low C grade. The new grading structure will be applied to other GCSE subjects in 2018 and 2019.

The table below will help you understand the new grading system:

 Current grading structure Old grading structure
 9, 8, 7  A*, A
 6, 5, 4  B, C
 3, 2, 1  D, E, F, G
 U  U


We also run part time maths and English courses, so if you are looking for a course to help you improve your maths or English skills as well as your employability skills, we have the course for you.  See here for more information.


Your Maths and English sessions

We spend a lot of time in the classroom talking to you about why maths and English are really important, and all the ways you’re going to need them in your career and in everyday life.

Here’s some examples of how you use maths and English in your every day life:

  • Budgeting your money for the month so you can pay your rent or mortgage and bills, and still have cash left over to enjoy yourself
  • Making a big purchase such as a car or house or budgeting for a wedding or a holiday
  • Working out which mobile phone plan or energy company offers you the best value for money
  • Communicating with your friends through text and social media
  • Carrying out practical tasks around your house like following recipes and DIY
  • Filling in forms and applications like your passport application
  • Writing letters, applying for jobs or creating your CV