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GCSE Resits at City of Oxford College

Course description

If you are 16-19 years old, and are keen to improve your GCSE grades so you can move into further education, this programme is for you. It’s a one-year programme aimed at those who have achieved below the required number of GCSE grades at C or above and therefore have not been able to progress to Level 3. We recruit a range of students, including those who have missed out on their GCSEs.

You develop the skills necessary for further academic study such as strong report writing, essay writing, and study skills including presentation skills. You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you.

Course content

You study an intensive one-year programme that consists of the following GCSEs:

Double Science
Media Studies or Sociology or Psychology

You study using a range of techniques including group work, independent study, research, practical activities and homework. 

Entry requirements

Three D grades at GCSE in Science, English and Maths is a guideline for learners who have had a disrupted education (and perhaps missed one of their GCSE years). 

All learners will be invited for an initial assessment and offers will be made on the basis of initial assessment results and interview. If you haven't taken your GCSEs we can still use the initial assessment as an indicator of your suitability for the course.


Formal assessment is through exams in May/June and completion of coursework. You also have modular exams in some subjects. There will be a range of regular assignments and coursework based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

Future opportunities

Success at this level not only allows entry to Level 3 extended diplomas and A-levels, but also a range of career opportunities that require a core set of GCSEs.

Further information

Classes will take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all time-tabled lessons, talks, tutorials and workshops. In addition, students can expect to attend trips and visits according to the needs of the individual subjects. You will also have a weekly tutorial. There are many enrichment opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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      • From Ring Road: use EITHER Banbury Road or Woodstock Road to city centre. At traffic lights, end of St. Giles (Map 1), turn right into Beaumont Street and follow signs to the rail station. At the second set of traffic lights, i.e. at the bottom of Park End Street, turn left into Oxpens Road (ice rink). The College is ¼ mile on the left.
      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.