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GCSEs

Ensure a solid foundation when studying or progressing into employment with GCSE qualifications.

We offer GCSE programmes for learners who are yet to achieve the grades needed to progress into higher education or employment.

GCSEs are usually taken at age 16, at the end of school year 11. They are also suitable for adults who are returning to study.

The new GCSEs are graded from 1 to 9, with 9 being the top grade. Grade 4 is equivalent to the old Grade C, which is the minimum qualification students need to achieve in English and maths.

Students who have not achieved this level or above will be supported to improve their grades as part of their study programme. Most students, including all those with a grade D or 3, will re-take GCSEs. Some students, including those on apprenticeship frameworks, will take functional-skills examinations.


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Full-time GCSE programme

If you are 16-19 years old and are keen to improve your GCSE grades so you can move into further education, this programme is for you. It’s a one-year programme aimed at those who have achieved below the required number of GCSE grades at C (or 4) or above and therefore have not been able to progress to Level 3.

You will be studying an intensive one year programme that consists of the following GCSEs:

Science pathway

  • Double Science
  • Maths
  • English 
  • Sociology

How you will learn

You will study using a range of techniques including groupwork, independent study, research, practical activities and homework. Classes will take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled lessons, talks, tutorials and workshops.

You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as: strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills. In addition, students can expect to attend trips and visits according to the needs of the individual subjects. You will also have a weekly tutorial and there are many enrichment opportunities available.

You will improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course, you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you.

Industry partnerships

We work in close partnership with a number of organisations to provide excellent teaching and learning for our students, including: Optalis choices for living, Project Search, Westgate Oxford, Oxfordshire Employment Service (part of Oxfordshire County Council), Big Lottery Fund and OxLEP.