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GCSE Pathway

This programme provides students who have the potential to move onto level 3 study with five intensive GCSE courses to build up their confidence and study skills over one year.

It is an ideal option for students who do not quite meet the minimum requirements for their intended A level or applied A level study, but want to develop their academic potential within humanities and social science based subjects.

You will be taught by teachers working within the A level department and be part of a GCSE pathway tutorial group as part of the course.


Exam boards

AQA: Maths, Sociology, Citizenship and Film Studies.

EDEXCEL: English Language


Starts in 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 and creative subject which encourages you to develop your analytical, research and communication skills through exploring a range of films and theoretical perspectives.

  • How is the course assessed?

    All GCSEs will have end of year exams.

  • 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. If you do not have Maths and English at grade 3 then you will need to take a diagnostic assessment to ensure your current working level is at GCSE standard

    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 the course lead to?
    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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