Why are GCSE Maths and English Important?

You can’t go a day without using Maths and English in some way, shape or form. No matter what route you decide to take in life, one thing that is for certain is that you will be faced with numerical and literacy related challenges in your personal life and career. You use Maths and English skills more than you realise, from checking a text message to working out bus times, these challenges are all around you.

Without the knowledge gained from your Maths and English courses, you will not have full control over certain things in your life. Maths and English are underlying principles that play out in the real world all around us, every day.

Understanding Maths is important, it allows people to take complex challenges and make them more manageable by applying structure, pattern, and rules. This is a skill which transfers into a variety of different situations in professional and personal contexts. For example, making sense of our personal data and taking deductions on our pay slips.

Here are other daily examples where we use Maths:

- Calculating discounts when we are shopping

- Preparation of food and reading recipes

- Figuring out distance, time, and travel expenses

- Loan terms and repayments

- Managing money and being able to understand what is left once bills are paid

These examples help us to see why Maths is so essential to develop the tools we need when dealing with daily challenges.

English is just as important as Maths because anything you do which involves

communicating with other people is through language. If your grasp on your own language is poor, this is going to affect the standard of everything you do. Your ideas may be fantastic, but language is what helps you to bring them to life. If you are unable to put thoughts and ideas into words, no one is going to know about them.

Here are other daily examples where we use English:

- Communicating our feelings

- Email drafting

- Sending text messages

- Being able to understand film and TV series storylines

- Getting points across in meetings.

These examples would not be possible without English, and our daily life would become a struggle.

You do not need to be a mathematician; however, most employers will look for Maths and English skills in their employees. You will not be expected to be skilled in algebra but being able to solve simple problems is key. The same can be said with English, the majority will not need you to know Romeo and Juliet inside and out but being able to read, write and speak effectively is something they will be looking for.

Some key points to think about:

- People who have low Maths skills are twice as likely to be unemployed

- 95% of UK jobs will require employees to be able to read

- Two-thirds of men and three-quarters of women who have poor literacy skills have never received a promotion.

Employers are prioritising applications with Maths and English GCSE; they are trusted qualifications. However, GCSE grade equivalents are also a great way to prove knowledge which is required to be an asset to the business.


Without our core subjects English and Maths none of the above would be possible. They are building blocks for our future careers and can be the base line expectations when finding employment. They are not only important for work purpose but for our emotional, social and physical wellbeing.

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