TEENAGERS in North Devon who fail to achieve at least a grade C in English and maths GCSEs will have to continue studying the subjects.
The change to the education system, which comes into place from this term, means hundreds of thousands of pupils will have to carry on with the subjects until the age of 18.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said the subjects were the ones "employers demand before all others".
Petroc College in Barnstaple supports the idea.
Darren Armstrong, head of learner services, said: “It’s very positive that we’re trying to improve basic skills of English and maths of those in the local community.
“If a student doesn’t have a C in English or maths they have the opportunity to either retake or work towards getting functional skills.
“It enriches them and helps them to ideally get a job at the end of it.”
Those who embark on achieving functional skills in maths or English will learn basic skills which they will need to help get them through day-to-day life.
“It’s about building skills and confidence and allows individuals to build their skills up every day,” Darren added.
“Hopefully by 18 they would’ve reached a level where they are quite competent but there’s also the option to progress onto adult programmes.”
Up until now, pupils have been able to drop the subjects at the age of 16 without having gained a qualification in them.
Other changes to the education system this week will see the "participation age" in education and training in England rise to 17.
Pupils will not have to stay in school until the age of 17, but those who are not already in education will be expected to continue some element of education and training.
It means those in work, part-time or full-time, will be expected to have some element of training.
In 2015, this will rise again to 18.
Last year, there were more than a quarter of a million 19-year-olds without a C grade in English and maths.