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GCSEs

We offer GGCSE English and GCSE maths qualifications to help you up-skill in your current role or to gain employment. GCSE courses start each September and last one academic year.

GCSE classes, per subject, will take place once per week over three hours and it is recommended that you also complete at least three hours home study per week. GCSEs are charged at £60 per subject, however, this cost is fully refundable upon completion of the course. 

In most cases, employers and universities will expect you to have GCSE English and GCSE maths at grade C (4) or above.

GCSE courses will begin in September 2022. Please navigate this page for all of the GCSE information you need.

Entry Requirements
Initial Assessments
GCSE English/GCSE Maths
Exams
Contact

Entry Requirements


Entry onto the course/s depends on the individuals situation. This will be established during initial contact. However, at the moment the entry requirements are as follows:

  • Are aged 19 years or above from 31st August 2022;
  • Have been a UK, EU or EEA resident continuously for the previous three years;
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK, EU or EEA;
  • Not currently hold a GCSE in maths and English that is a grade 4 (old grade C) or higher and was awarded in the previous five years

By expressing an interest in these courses, you are also agreeing to sit a mandatory, online initial assessment to check your current working level in maths and/or English. If you do not meet any one of the four criteria listed, each GCSE course will be charged at £135 and the assessment will be charged at £20 per subject.

Assessments for GCSE Maths and English


You must sit an assessment in order to join a GCSE maths and/or English course. Assessments for maths and English take approximately 1 hour each. Initial assessments are held in-centre every Friday, 1pm-3.30pm. You can also sit the assessment online, please contact us for details. No assessment take place on bank holidays or during school holidays.

Due to the high intensity of GCSEs, to join one of our GCSE courses you must achieve a Level 2 or a high Level 1 result in your assessment/s. Any result lower than a high Level 1 will result in a Functional Skills maths and/or English course being offered. 

To book an initial assessment please call 01325 405601, call / text / WhatsApp 07932 869325, email l&[email protected] or message us through Facebook [external link], Twitter [external link] or Instagram [external link].

GCSE English Course Information


GCSE English is for anyone who would like the opportunity to explore a range of texts from a historical, social and cultural context including modern texts, 19th century texts and methods of communication. You will be encouraged to understand the methods writers use for different purposes and to be creative and write in different forms so that you can improve your command of spelling and grammar to enhance employability skills such as effective communication, writing professionally and expressing yourself creatively through nonfiction and fiction texts.

The specification will enable learners to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. This support learners to enhance their career or in further learning. We will also recommend textbooks for you to purchase. Please bring along an A4 lined pad, a folder and a pen.

The course will follow the latest AQA English Language 8700. The specification offers two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing you with a clear route through each paper.

Each paper has a distinct identity: 

  • Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers.
  • Paper 2, Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

GCSE Maths Course Information


This course is for anyone who would like the opportunity to increase their mathematical skills across the three main areas of number, shape and space and data and who has the time to commit to the demands of completing a GCSE course in a year.

The specification will enable you to develop skills across number, algebra, geometry and statistics and to use these skills to solve mathematical problems both with and without a calculator.

The course will follow the AQA Mathematics 8300 Foundation specification. The grades covered by this specification are 1-5 with grade 4 being a standard pass and grade 5 being a strong pass. There are three exam papers and each paper may ask questions based on any aspect of the course. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and Papers 2 and 3 are calculator papers. Please bring along an A4 lined pad, a folder and a pen.

GCSE Exams


Exams for GCSEs in England are set by the Department for Education in cooperation with national exam boards. Learning & Skills do not set the dates or times for GCSE exams and they cannot be changed by us.

GCSE English
You will need to take two GCSE exams as follows:

  • Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Paper 2 - Writers' Viewpoints and perspectives

GCSE Maths 
You will need to take three GCSE exams as follows:

  • AQA GCSE - 8300/1F Mathematics Paper 1 (Non-calculator)
  • AQA GCSE - 8300/2F Mathematics Paper 2 (Calculator)
  • AQA GCSE - 8300/3F Mathematics Paper 3 (Calculator)

Your exams will take place at L&S at The Coleridge Centre or L&S at Bennet House in Darlington. Under no circumstances can you sit your exam at home or at any other venue.