How important is English and Maths?
By: Home Study Zone
Although for some jobs, you will not use your English or Maths skills, employers still expect individuals to be educated to at least a level 2, before they will even invite them for an interview and applicants are finding that they may be disadvantaged because of this.
There are various ways to achieve a level 2 in English and Maths and below, we will look at some of the options:
GCSE English and Maths
GCSEs were introduced in 1988, predominantly for learners who wished to leave school at the age of 16 not wishing to further their academic studies, by way of A Levels or University degree. The intention was to create a national qualification that included more subject options. International GCSEs are the international option, and these allow learners to study in over 100 countries throughout the world gaining a valuable qualification.
Functional Skills English and Maths
Functional Skills English and Maths were introduced in 2007, initially on a three-year pilot programme, with the intention of developing qualifications that would be suitable for all learners. There are five levels to this qualification and three subject areas. Functional Skills Level 2 are equivalent to a GCSE pass and accepted by universities and employers.
English and Maths Level 2 Certificate of Achievement
Unlike Functional Skills and GCSE, a certificate of achievement is not a recognised qualification but still serves a purpose. The level of difficulty is equivalent to GCSE or Functional Skills and is a recognition that you have completed the necessary assessments to prove your capabilities in this area. This is still useful to employers and colleges as an indication of your skill set and will provide you with confidence in these areas.