These are often called Skills for Life qualifications and they are designed to help you develop the skills you need in everyday life, such as reading, writing, maths or IT. They can also help you boost your CV or to move on to further study. They are aimed at people over 16 years of age who have left compulsory education and do not have an up-to-date English or maths qualification at level 2.
You can study for these qualifications at most local colleges and adult education centres.
If you do not have a grade C or above in English and Maths GCSE by the time you leave school you will be expected to continue to study these subjects alongside other qualifications.
Skills for Life qualifications are based on national standards, so everyone, including potential employers, can see what you're capable of. They can give you more confidence in your own abilities, boost your CV and help you get onto other courses.