GEM: English and maths

Add good English and maths skills to your CV and you’ll open doors to a promising future, whatever your plans. The best employers will want to give you a job and a place at university will be yours for the taking. We call it GEM.

That’s why, at Barnfield College, we’re determined to change the way we use and think about English and maths. We want GEM to make a real difference to the way we use words and numbers, which is why we have a team of specialist GEM tutors whose job it is to bring these essential subjects to life. With our unique approach we hope it can be a fresh start for you to gain an essential qualification.

Your own personal GEM programme

If you have GCSE grades A* – C (4 – 9) we’ll build GEM around your main course of study, enhancing your skills and developing new ones. If you haven’t yet achieved these grades in either subject, you’ll take GEM classes and work towards resitting your GCSE exams.

The importance of perseverance

Employers are constantly telling us how important English and maths skills are, especially for young people looking to secure their first job. Our goal is to make sure that all of our students have the best possible opportunities for their next steps, be it university, an apprenticeship or a great first job. Securing a grade C/4 or above in both English and maths is just as important as attaining good grades on your course, that’s why GEM is built into your programme of study.  

Resit opportunities 

Our GEM tutors will work with you at your pace to get you ready for resitting your GCSE exams. There are opportunities for students to retake their exams early in the academic year if they feel ready for it, or you can continue your work across the year and resit the exams in the summer.