GCSEs

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

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.

IGCSEs

Small, friendly groups with lots of support and social time

We offer 4 international GCSEs; Maths, English Language and double award Science. These are studied online in small groups in partnership with The Learning Circle; our online sister school. 

Why do IGCSEs with us?

We have small, friendly, live classes where the students get lots of attention from their teachers and get to make friendships with their colleagues. We have a maximum of 14 students in a class.

Student wellbeing is looked after with regular check-ins & daily yoga and meditation sessions.

Students can join study groups where they work together with their friends. This engages and motivates them more with their learning.

The students benefit from being in a warm, family-like setting where their thoughts and feelings count, rather than learning through pre-recorded classes or in large, impersonal groups.

FAQs

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 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 (e.g. 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/

Where do students sit their exams? 

Our students can go take their exams at Woodhouse Grove School in Bradford.