Is it a legal requirement to take an English/Maths GCSE? Watch
You are legally required to take GCSE English and maths until you get at least a C or turn 18. Once you turn 18, it's your choice if you want to keep trying or not. However it is recommended and employers are suggested to ask for at least a C in both to show basic employee competence.
My point is that I can see them requiring students to study English/Maths until 18, but can't see the government forcing students to take an exam, since they might not bother showing up. I'd be hard pressed to find if this were actually the case.
I passed both of mine; I'm just asking this out of curiousity.
"Pupils aged 16 will no longer be able to drop maths or English unless they have achieved at least a grade C in their GCSEs.
However, Matthew Hancock, the skills minister, said that there pupils will not be forced to take further tests in the subjects. He said there will only be a “high expectation” that teens forced to continue studying the subjects will go on to resit exams."
A lot of students who failed their English and Maths GCSE papers last year have had to retake them this year, so are all people now legally required to do a GCSE/GCSE equivelant at 16? I know it was previously optional, although highly recommended. If so, what would happen if somebody was homeschooled up to 18 and still chooses not to take any formal qualification?