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

We offer GCSE programmes for learners who are yet to receive the required grades needed to progress into further education.

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.  GCSEs are offered across Levels 1 and 2 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework and are assessed using both coursework and exams.

English and maths are essential life skills and are crucial to equipping you for employment or university. You'll usually need to achieve a number of GCSE passes before starting out on a further education programme (for students aged 16 or over). If you have not achieved a grade C in English or maths, you will need to re-take these alongside their studies. Our expert teachers will help you with revision sessions to give you the best chance of success when you retake your GCSEs - you can retake English and maths for free until you turn 19. 

If you have a grade D (3), you will usually re-take GCSEs via a full-time GCSE programme. Those with a lower grade will usually take functional skills examinations. 

The new GCSEs are graded from 1 to 9, with 9 being the top grade.

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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.