From writing a blog about your work to putting together a comprehensive CV, English provides students with the additional skills that give them the edge and confidence to build on their qualifications and present an employable well-rounded individual.

For students who have not achieved English and/ or maths at GCSE grade C or above in school we provide two programmes that are designed to work alongside your main course:

Click here for the maths programme and read on for English


Functional Skills - English

For students starting at Hereford College of Arts with GCSE grade E or below in English

English Functional Skills qualifications are designed to equip students with skills such as comparing the ideas and presentation of texts, writing for a specified audience and purpose, and communicating and adapting language.

GCSE English

For students starting at Hereford College of Arts with GCSE grade D in English

This qualification has a three-unit structure to allow students to develop skills in analysing language and writing skills for imaginative and practical tasks. It also includes speaking and listening.
  • The qualification provides the opportunity to explore the ways spoken language works and to write for the spoken voice in a variety of forms.
  • Each unit offers a range of texts: familiar and new literary texts as well as a selection of paper-based and digital non-fiction texts for language study
  • This subject is assessed through a combination of coursework and examination

They are assessed in three units:

    - Speaking, Listening and Communication
    - Reading
    - Writing