GCSE Programme

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What Our Students Say

“When I first came I didn’t know anybody at the college but because it’s people you’re surrounded by and people with similar interests to you, you do make friends quickly and you make really close friendships with people because you’re listening to the same things and you’re going through the same things, and you can help each other as well.”


“Before I came to Leeds City College, I was in school, I was in such a bad way at school, skiving lessons all the time, teachers always on my case, getting kicked out numerous times almost. So I applied for here just hoping to get on a course, I got accepted – it was entry Level 3. Dave was my tutor and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better as a tutor, because he just helped me. He helped me with every regard, with Maths and English, workshop work, the theory side of the workshop work – telling me how everything is and showing me what’s what.”


“Because I’ve got autism and I’d sometimes have trouble understanding things – because I need stuff breaking down into detail and explaining to me in a perfect way, in a much more understanding way, I have tutors that understand me a bit more.”


Course Information


If you plan on pursuing a new career but don’t have the qualifications to do so, this programme will provide you with the essential qualifications needed for progression. Alongside subject-specific study, you will strengthen your academic skills.

You will work towards gaining good passes in five GCSEs, including English Language, Mathematics, and Science, enabling your progression. A significant number of students progress to Access to Higher Education courses to prepare for degree level study.

You’ll strengthen your social skills, improve your confidence, acquire academic skills ready for progression, and gain the important qualifications needed in multiple industries. From this course, you can progress to an Access to HE course in preparation for university.

Please note, this course is only available for 19+ learners, 16-18 year old students are not eligible for this course.

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Who is this course for?

Are you looking to pursue your favourite subject at university but don’t quite meet the entry requirements? Designed for adult learners, our Access to HE qualifications bridge the gap between GCSEs and higher education and are recognised by many universities in the UK. We also have a selection of Access foundation programmes that prepare you for our Access to HE courses. Didn’t get your GCSEs or need them to be higher? Our Access Foundation GCSE programme will support you with achieving passes in five GCSEs.

Course details

Duration: 33 weeks
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 72883-01
Fees (Adult): £1,810 plus exam fee of £185

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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