The GCSE Intensive is a 1 year course suitable for students repeating GCSE.



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The GCSE Intensive course is designed to accommodate students who have not attained passes in at least 5 GCSEs, have moved to the UK from other countries or had an interrupted education. Achievements in English, Mathematics and Sciences ensure that students have the requisite literacy, numeracy and core skills required for their A-Level studies, irrespective of the subjects chosen, and are usually required by universities or employers in later life.

Students studying the GCSE Intensive course will cover two years of GCSE content in a single year, and will also undertake extensive examination preparation. The curriculum is necessarily narrow to accommodate for time which has a critical impact on the successful outcomes at GCSE. The students will undertake independent study sessions each week to ensure that they are carrying out sufficient independent learning in accordance with their academic targets and work set.


Personal development is an integral part of the GCSE Intensive course. Students will learn about a myriad of topics including, but not limited to, healthy living, managing finances and stress management. Also, through the Thinking into Character (TiC) programme, students are encouraged to change their mind set to overcome barriers and reach success. Additionally, the college will introduce students to the subject of careers to help them identify their future goals and more importantly, a path to reach them.


(Other subjects may be available on consultation.)


The curriculum will enable students to achieve 6 GCSEs if they sit triple Science examinations or 5 GCSEs if they sit double Science examinations. ICT provision and social, moral, spiritual and cultural topics will be built into subject syllabi. As many of our students aspire to move on to further Level 3 qualifications and ultimately a degree, this course satisfies other education establishment’s requirements of a minimum of 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language.


Students undertake a number of assessments during the academic year:

Base Line Tests – They are designed to identify if a student has secured the foundations required to excel via the learning of new concepts within the syllabus. This test is done at the start of the academic year so teachers can identify any concerns early. They devise an action plan, often using differentiated learning techniques to help students catch up to the basics required for the course.

Progress Test and Mock Exams – The students will participate in four of these tests/exams which are strategically placed considering the academic year timeline. They will help teachers understand how much of the content taught during lessons was secured by each student, the amount of progress made since their last assessment and the general potential of an individual. The marking of each assessment leads to detailed feedback which will help the students change both, academically and personally. These assessments also help teachers use appropriate techniques to help students overcome particular difficulties.

Challenges – The students will be encouraged to challenge themselves further by taking part in external tests such as the UKMT or British Olympiad. A certificate in these tests will help the students when undertaking their next steps after their final examinations.

GCSE Exams – The students will sit external board examinations for each of their GCSE subjects. Find out more

Parents or guardians are kept updated with student progress via written reports, parents’ evenings, and when required, meetings with the Director of Studies and teachers. Find out more


Students may proceed into the Lower Sixth course, and if required, they can simultaneously improve on one subject at GCSE level. Whether this is a suitable option depends on the number of subjects being taken at A-Level and the grades previously received at GCSE. Suitable options will be discussed in detail before the enrolment process begins.



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