Learning Spaces – GCSEs

Our eldest group of children will be ready to start their GCSEs in September 2021. We plan to offer a variety of core GCSEs through a combination of three days of learning with us plus home study over a two year programme. This will be agreed together with the students and is dependant on there being enough students to enable us to run it.


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:

Is Hebden Bridge Learning Community 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.