Maths and English

Good maths and English skills are essential in daily life. Every job requires the ability to read, write and use numbers with confidence. However, there is increasing concern over maths and English levels in adults and young people and a continued commitment from the Government to help raise standards.

At Hugh Baird College, we understand the skills landscape is ever-changing, and that greater emphasis is now being placed on the inclusion of maths and English within work related learning. That’s why we are committed to helping all our students improve in this essential area.

Did you know?
“65% of employers see a pressing need to raise the standards of 14-19 year olds”.
Source: CBI Skills Survey.

Here's how we do this:

  • At interview stage, all applicants have their maths and English skills levels assessed. This is done to ensure that all our learners join us in September on the correct course level and that any support is in place from day one.

Full time learners

  • All students aged 16-19 who have not achieved a GCSE grade C in maths and English will be required to enrol on a GCSE programme and attend maths and English classes for the full academic year.


  • Apprentices being trained at Hugh Baird College are also supported and we offer courses to help them achieve the level required for the framework. For those apprentices attending the College on a day release basis, these sessions take place on that day. For apprentices not attending College and based in the workplace, a blended learning model is offered with online support and face to face support from GCSE tutors.

Adult learners

  • Adults who do not have GCSE grade A-C are entitled to free maths and English classes. They will be assessed at their interview to determine if they need to enrol on a Pre GCSE or a GCSE programme.

For more information

Please contact our Student Services team: