Learning Spaces – GCSEs

Our eldest group of children will be ready to start their GCSEs in September 2021 (we were planning to start in 2020, but after consulting with our students and their families, we have decided to wait a year). We will offer seven core GCSEs through a combination of three days of learning with us plus home study over a two year programme.

Mondays – Double Award Science

9:00 – 9:30am  Yoga and Meditation
9:30 – 11:00am  Chemistry
11:00 – 11:30am  Break
11:30 – 1:00pm  Physics
1:00 – 2:00pm  Lunch
2:00 – 3:30pm  Biology

Thursdays – English Language, Maths & English Literature

9:00 – 9:45am Yoga and Meditation
9:45 – 11:15am English Language
11:15 – 11:30am Break
11:30 – 12:15pm Democratic Meeting
12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:45pm Maths
2:45 – 3:00pm Break
3:00 – 4:30pm English Literature

Fridays – Spanish and History

9:00 – 9:30am Yoga and Meditation
9:30 – 11:00am History
11:00 – 11:30am Break
11:30 – 1:00pm Spanish

We offer lots of flexibility; students can start their GCSE study when they’re ready. They can start some subjects one year and others the next.

We hope to make GCSE learning as fruitful and enjoyable as possible for our children. We offer a range of core GCSES to give them as many options as possible for study and work in the future.

Democratic Choice

We can choose the exam board and course democratically. The children can choose which books to study for English literature and different options for History, eg Native Americans and Wild West.

We can study in a cross-disciplined way by choosing options in History and books in Literature that connect with each other.EG War poets and history of WW1.

Our GCSE Teachers

Anil Sarna teaches Spanish, History, English Language and English Literature. You can find out more about Anil on his bio.

Liva Hansen teaches Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. 

You can find out more about Liva by checking out her bio.


What are the GCSE entry requirements for Universities and HE colleges?

For most Universities and HE diplomas 5 GCSES are required with grade 4 or above. Subjects need to include English Language and Maths.

Do you need to have passed certain GCSES to get into a Russell Group University?

With the exception of English and Maths, and in a few cases a Modern Foreign Language, most universities have no universal entry requirements in terms of specific GCSE subjects. Subject choice is ultimately much more important at the post-16 or A-level stage.

However, entrance requirements do vary between universities and courses (for example Medicine courses sometimes require certain subjects and grades at GCSE). Therefore, we strongly encourage students to check universities’ websites for further information published by individual institutions.

Is it true that a modern foreign language at GCSE or equivalent is required for entry to Russell Group Universities?

There is no universal entry requirement that students must have studied a modern foreign language at GCSE or equivalent. However, there may be course-specific requirements, so students need to check universities’ websites for details of these. Currently, University College London (UCL) is the only Russell Group institution to require a modern language GCSE at grade C or above for all of its programmes.

Examples of course requirements:

MEDICINE – Manchester University •Require at least five GCSEs at grade A or A*. English Language, Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB. HISTORY – Leeds Becket University GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs. However you do need to get A levels (2 BBs in this case including History) ART- Manchester Met University Specific GCSE requirements GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

What other career paths require GCSEs?

Just to give you an idea click on this link here for a wide and surprising variety of options: https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/best-paid-jobs-gcses/

What are the previous learning requirements for Spanish?

Spanish GCSE students would need to have done at least a year of learning beforehand. We would incorporate an exchange trip to Spain available for those who wished to go. We have strong connections with a secondary school in Madrid and one near to Barcelona.

What would this cost?

On current costings, estimated figures, based on a min of 8 students:

Maths and English Day (7.5 hours) = £240 per per month. Science Day (6.5 hours inc. resources and lab time) = £270 per month. History and Spanish Day (4 hours) = £170 per month If you take 2 days there is a 10% discount on the second day. 3 days bring an extra 20% discount on the third day. All 3 days= £622 per month. Fees do not include textbooks or exam entry costs.

Is Hebden Bridge School an Exam Centre?

We could become an exam centre (we’re looking into this right now) or students can go to Woodhouse Grove School in Bradford.