This access to further education course is for 16-18 year olds who want to study in an adult environment, in smaller class sizes with specialist teachers to improve their English and/or maths GCSE grades, and who want to study new GCSE subjects to allow them to progress to a range of further education courses including A Levels, BTec courses or apprenticeships.
The teachers here are sound!Kym, 17
Do Business; its fun – plus when you do well, you get cake!Alex, 16
GCSE’s are the key to unlocking your potential.Kym, 17
There will be a short confirmation meeting with the course leader so that you can find out more about the GCSE programme and make sure it is the right course for you. Applicants may also be required to take our course entry tests in English and maths, and will need to be working at approximately GCSE grade ‘D’ standard.
Applicants who do not meet the requirements for prior qualifications will also be required to produce a short 1,500 word research project in order to be considered by the Deputy Principal for exceptional entry.
This is an intensive 1-year, full time program which is delivered over four days and is taught by subject specialists teachers in small classes. Most subjects are assessed by two or three examinations at the end of the year and some include elements of coursework.
The GCSE program incorporates a uniquely supportive framework designed so that we can get to know each one of you individually and work with you to develop a wide range of skills and experience which would be of real interest to employers and universities or college in the future. Weekly tutorials, employability workshops and exciting and different enrichment sessions as well as private study support our learners during their time at College.
Examples of the kind of things you could be doing:
|IT Practical – Promotional Video||Museum of London day trip|
|First Aid Training||Introduction to BTEC qualifications|
|Art Practical – Lino printing||Visiting speakers|
|An introduction to Archaeology||Bushcraft session|
|How to write a CV||Art Practical – Photograms|
|Zoo trip||Introduction to Politics|
|Introduction to Volunteering||Study skills workshop|
Students should take a minimum of four subjects including maths and/or English– so if you are just doing English, for example, you will be able to do three others.
If you are doing maths and English then choose two additional GCSE subjects. Some students may wish to take 5 subjects in total. Alongside maths GCSE and/or English GCSE, you will have a choice of two or three subjects. All the subjects have been specifically chosen to be new and fresh for you.
You may choose from:
This course will give you a range of options after the year to progress into further education, and is suitable for students who wish to progress to Level 3 courses including A Levels at a school, BTEC courses or vocational or leadership courses at The College.
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