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GCSE, Functional Skills and Progress to Advanced


Universities have recently raised their GCSE entry requirements and students with good grades at A-level or level 3 vocational have been unable to study the degree they want because of low grades in GCSE English language or mathematics.

This is one reason why we support students to achieve these qualifications during their time at college. Most degree subjects require a minimum of a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics, or a recognised alternative qualification, with some requiring higher.

Students are able to study mathematics and English language at GCSE level and functional skills at levels 1 and 2 alongside their full-time course as a re-sit.

GCSE science and the progress to advanced course are also available for students aiming for university (progression to a number of degrees such as primary school teaching, nursing and midwifery usually require a GCSE in science).

The progress to advanced course offers you a unique opportunity to study GCSEs in order to develop your skills and knowledge. This programme is suited to those students that have already attained three GCSEs at grades A* - C and wish to add to these in order to progress onto a relevant advanced programme, eg A-levels or a level 3 BTEC extended diploma.