This Access to Further Education (EHE) course is for 14-16-year olds (Key Stage 4) who have been home educated and are ready to study for GCSEs in a classroom environment.
Please be aware unfortunately The College cannot accept applications from students under the age of 16 before 31st August of the current academic year who hold an EHCP.
Your eligibility for the course will need to be agreed by the Local Education Authority.
There are three core GCSEs: English, mathematics and biology. You will also study for a fourth GCSE as well as build a portfolio with the AQA Unit Award Scheme which will prepare you for the next step in your learning, such as vocational courses (Hair and beauty, Brickwork, Mechanics, Performing Arts, etc.) or level 3.
There will be a short meeting with the course leader to learn more about the GCSE programme and make sure it is the right course for you. The local authority will need to have confirmed that you are eligible to join this course, having been home educated for an extended period; you cannot be offered a place if the local authority does not agree that this is an appropriate course for you.
This is an intensive 1-year, full time program which is delivered over three or four days (timetables are organised at the beginning of the academic year) and is taught by subject specialist teachers in small classes. All GCSEs are assessed by examination, at the end of the academic year. There is a significant amount of online learning and homework is set weekly – this is also completed and assessed online. You should expect to engage in at least 30 minutes of homework for each of your GCSEs per week. In the event that some of the teaching and learning is delivered remotely (because of Covid-19 precautions), you should expect the amount of online activity to be substantially more.
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 colleges, universities and employers in the future. Weekly tutorials, online progress targeting, and tracking are an integral part of the programme.
Students will study four GCSE subjects including maths, English language, and biology.
Other options may include:
In addition, you will build a portfolio with the AQA Unit Award Scheme (UAS), this is a unique recording of achievement, rather than a qualification. It offers students the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate each time a short unit of learning is successfully completed. Furthermore, it introduces new subjects and topics for the purposes of planning your next step. Some of the units are mandatory with the college and are likely to include PSHE topics such as ‘Staying Healthy and Safe’, ‘Investigating careers’, ‘The influences of the Media’. Units you may choose might include introductions to sciences, the arts, and vocational training.
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.
You will be guided and supported by the Careers Advisers at The College to consider your progression pathway too. It will be possible to plan to experience the teaching and learning in the other curriculum areas of The College during the year of this course.
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