General Education & FT GCSEs

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: AQA, Edexcel, OCR

Qualifications on offer:

  • English GCSE - AQA
  • Maths GCSE - Edexcel
  • Media GCSE - Edexcel
  • Applied Business GCSE - OCR

Summary of course

The course is designed to enable you to study GCSE qualifications and prepare you to progress onto a Level 3 course. You will be able to study four GCSEs: English Language, Maths, Media and Applied Business.

Work Experience is also an essential part of this course.

Maintaining your attendance at above 90% is essential for success on this course and is an expectation of the college. It is also expected that you will be punctual to your lessons.

What will I study?

GCSE English:

  • Creative Writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Language analysis

GCSE Maths:

  • Number and algebra
  • Shape and space
  • Statistics

GCSE Media:

  • The Individual Media Studies Portfolio
  • Textual Analysis (moving image and print)
  • Production Portfolio

GCSE Applied Business:

  • Investigating how businesses work
  • Financial Records
  • Investigating People, Business and Change
  • Financial planning and forecasting

This list will be reviewed and may be subject to change before the start of the programme.

For further information about these qualifications and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specifications by clicking on the links below.

English Awarding Body specification.

Maths Awarding Body specification.

Applied Business Awarding Body specification.

Media Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

By examination. GCSE Media has a coursework component.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are 16-18 years old and looking for a second chance to study GCSEs.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Level 3 courses.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs – mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter and GCSE result slips/certificates to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will need text books, stationery and folders.

You will also need to organise and manage an effective storage system for notes.

Help may be available from the Student Bursary scheme towards the cost of books, trips and materials. Please contact our Student Services Team on 01604 734066 for more details.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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