How important are your English and Maths GCSEs?

If you first don’t succeed, try, try and try again! Or at least, for the sake of your future, you absolutely must pass (with a B or 5 grade on the new system) the English and maths GCSE to move forward academically and vocationally.

The importance of you succeeding in these two GCSEs cannot be stressed enough. Whether you’re looking to go onto a sixth form or college, or even just undertake a vocational apprenticeship, it has become absolutely essential for all candidates to have passing maths and English GCSE grades.

It can be easy to underestimate these subjects, especially if you will just be dropping them when you continue study. It may be easy to ask: “Why is maths GCSE important?” Or “If I’m going to drop English GCSE, why does it matter I do well?” The maths and English GCSE ensures you have good enough numeracy and literacy skills to go on to your chosen career path in whatever field.

If you don’t pass your English and maths GCSE, you can’t:

• Go to college/sixth form – Colleges and sixth forms require candidates to have at least a 5 grade and above in English and maths GCSE. Without this, you won’t be able to proceed to A-Levels, BTEC or Pre-U and hence, go on to your chosen career path.
• Do foundation courses – Even if you miss your college experience altogether but still want to go to university, you will need to do a foundation course. To do a foundation course, you will need to have passing grades in maths and English GCSE.
• Do an apprenticeship – On the UCAS website, it states that students wanting to undertake an apprenticeship at the age of 16 must have at least five GCSEs, all with passing grades.

How do I pass my English and maths GCSE?

That’s a simple question to answer, but it will require a lot of work from you.

1) For starters, study, study, study! I know it may be hard to understand certain concepts, but the more time and effort you put in, the better you will do. You can’t expect to pass without putting in any actual work.

2) Of course, we’re biased, but get a tutor. There’s a reason one in three families have one, and it’s because tuition actually works. Having a professional tutor come to you to help you understand concepts and prepare you for the exam is the quickest route to success.

3) Attend a revision course. A revision course is a quick and direct way to understand exam content and practice – making sure you utilise techniques that will get you the most marks in your exam. We host a number of exam courses throughout the year, find out more here.