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GCSE Fast-Track Programme

Our full-time GCSE fast-track programme is designed for students under the age of 19 who need to gain 4 or 5 GCSEs in order to progress onto A levels, vocational qualifications or an Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

The College is offering a full-time GCSE Fast-Track Programme for students achieving mostly D grades in their GCSEs, which runs for one year.

Course Content

This one year full-time programme enables students to select 5 GCSE subjects, which must include English and Maths, if a student has not achieved a minimum of a grade C in these subjects. The programme will combine English and Maths with a choice of other GCSE subjects such as Biology, Geology, Media Studies, Sociology and Business Studies*

*GCSE subject options may be adapted according to demand.

How will I be taught?

Students will be fully supported throughout the programme by a personal tutor who will monitor their academic progress and pastoral care. Further advice and support is available from the College’s learner mentors, student services and the health and wellbeing centre.

How will I be assessed?

By a range of assessments and/or examinations, dependent on the GCSEs selected.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?


What will it allow me to do in the future?

Upon successful completion of the GCSE fast-track programme students may progress onto their second year of study at South Downs College, choosing from a wide range of A levels, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships, to suit their career ambitions.

Course Information

Individuals also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of college activities including joining a range of clubs and student-led societies, such as the student union.

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change. If you would like further information, advice and guidance, please contact the College on 023 9279 7979.

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