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Maths and English GCSEs & Functional Skills at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

GCSE English language is a flexible specification that is assessed through exams and controlled assessments. It covers the functional elements of English as well as creative writing and speaking and listening.

GCSE Maths is designed to reflect an increased focus on applying mathematics in context, problem-solving, reasoning and the functional elements of mathematics.

Level 2 Functional Skills are qualifications in English and Maths that equip learners with the basic practical skills required in everyday life, education and the workplace. This qualification allows you to study a GCSE alongside your Access course. 

Course content

These courses are designed for learners who require a Level 2 qualification to progress their studies and would like to improve their English and Maths skills.

Entry requirements

Functional Skills: There are no entry requirements for this course. You will undertake an initial assessment and a diagnostic that will provide an indication of your starting level.

GCSEs: You will be accepted on to a GCSE course if you already hold a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification or if you have a high grade D from a previous exam.


  • GCSE English is assessed through coursework and an exam.
  • GCSE Maths is assessed through an exam.
  • Functional Skills are assessed online when you and tutor feel you are ready to be assessed.

Future opportunities

  • Functional skills students who achieve a Level 2 qualification could go on to GCSEs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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