English and Maths Sessions

Here you will find the answers to our most commonly asked questions about English and maths sessions. If you still require assistance, our team are here to help. If you need to speak to someone at the College about your application session, please email englishandmaths@cityplym.ac.uk.


Do I need to attend my application session?

Yes, you must attend your assessment if you wish to study at the College. If you do not complete an assessment, your application will be cancelled and you will lose your potential place on the course.

What if I forget to complete my English/maths assessment?

Please contact the English and Maths Admin Team at englishandmaths@cityplym.ac.uk as soon as possible. Please note that failure to contact us in a timely manner will result in your registered interest being cancelled and you will lose your potential place on the course.

When is my session?

We are currently holding English/maths assessments online in accordance with social distancing requirements. You will be sent an e-mail with your assessment log-in details, with information on how the assessment works and what to do once you have completed your assessment. If you have not received your e-mail, please contact us at englishandmaths@cityplym.ac.uk.

How long will the assessment last?

If you have applied for a single subject (English or maths), we allow 30 minutes for that assessment. If you have applied for both English and maths, that will extend to 60 minutes.

What will happen during and after the assessment?

In your e-mail, you will be sent a link to a presentation video. We recommend watching this first as it will give you a brief background into our range of English and maths courses, along with information on why we ask you to undertake an assessment.

You do not need to prepare for this assessment in advance; but you might find the following websites useful:




Following your assessment, you will then have a short interview with one of our English or maths tutors. This will either be online or by telephone.

I have previous English and/or maths qualifications - do I still need to do the assessment?

If you have any English and/or maths certificates, in particular GCSEs at grade D, or previous Functional Skills qualifications, please e-mail a copy of them to us at englishandmaths@cityplym.ac.uk.

What else do I need for the assessment?

As this assessment will be online, you will need access to IT equipment (preferably a computer, laptop or tablet) and a reliable internet connection. If you do not have this, or anticipate any issues completing your assessment online, please contact englishandmaths@cityplym.ac.uk as soon as possible. You can use a pen and paper for both assessments, and a calculator is permitted for use during the maths assessment.

What if I require special assistance?

If you think that you will need additional assistance to complete the assessment, please contact us as soon as possible at englishandmaths@cityplym.ac.uk.

What do I do if I no longer wish to study at the College?

If you wish to cancel your registration of interest in our English and/or maths courses, please e-mail us at englishandmaths@cityplym.ac.uk. We can then offer that place on the waiting list to another applicant.

What if I have cancelled my interest in the English and/or Maths course(s), but have now changed my mind?

This is not a problem – you will need to reapply for your course by registering your interest by following this link: https://bit.ly/3fGfqVk