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GCSE Pathway

This 1 year full time course is ideal for students who have the potential to move onto a Level 3 programme (A Levels or a vocational course eg Level 3 diploma) but do not currently meet the minimum entry requirements for a Level 3 programme.

You will study GCSE Sociology, Citizenship Studies and Film Studies alongside retakes in GCSE English and Maths. The programme is ideal if you want to progress to humanities and social science based A Levels, however, our GCSE Pathway course will also benefit you if you want to progress to a Level 3 vocational course. You will be taught by teachers working within the A Level department and will be part of a GCSE Pathway tutorial group.

This is a year-long course that will build your confidence and study skills in order to gain the five GCSEs that will help you to progress to a Level 3 course.


Exam boards

AQA: Maths, Sociology, Citizenship and Film Studies.

EDEXCEL: English Language


Starts in September

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 19-FL2GC-GCS-1 / 10001

    Start Date September

  • What will I study and learn?

    Students study retakes in GCSE English and Maths, alongside GCSE courses in Sociology, Citizenship Studies and Film Studies. Overall on the programme, you will learn to develop your skills of analysis, spoken and written expression and build up your confidence with sessions on exam technique and progression routes at the College following your retakes.

    Studying GCSE Sociology enables you to consider the world from different perspective and in thought-provoking ways. You will look at structures, processes and issues that exist in society today, as well as the research techniques used by sociologist to investigate contemporary trends.

    Citizenship Studies involves learning about democracy, government and law. On the course you will develop the skills to make sustained and reasoned arguments, as well as how to consider different points of view and plan practical citizenship actions to benefit society.

    Film Studies is a contemporary, creative and interaction subject which encourages you to develop your analytical, research and communication skills through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives.

  • How is the course assessed?

    All GCSEs will have end of year exams*

    *Film Studies has 30% coursework element

     How is the course assessed?What will I study and learn?

  • What courses would combine well with this course?
    The five GCSEs form a full time programme, however, individual combinations can be tailored for learners depending on their needs from additional level 2 or level 3 qualifications.
  • What formal entry requirments will I need?
    You will need Maths and English GCSE grades at 3 to be able to retake these intensively.

    Ideally, you will have further GCSE grades at 3 or 4 to indicate academic potential (this will be considered on a case by case basis).

    You will need to show evidence of why you have the potential to study at level 3 and should be considered for this restart programme.
  • What could te course lead to in hugher education or careers?
    Successful students who are able to achieve grades of 4 and higher on the pathway will be able to apply for level 3 courses within either A level or Vocational department for the following year.
  • Are there any costs involved?
    You will need to purchase text books and resources for each of your GCSE subjects, approximately £20 per course.


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