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GCSE Adult Pathway at Leicester College

Course description

This is an intensive GCSE course designed to enable adult learners' (age 19+) progression on to an Access to Higher Education Diploma the following year. It is primarily aimed at adult learners who do not have GCSEs in English and maths, and therefore cannot yet join the level 3 Access diplomas. Please note that you will require a minimum of 5 GCSEs to gain entry to an Access to Health Professions Access course and a science GCSE is usually required for science and engineering Access courses.

Course content

You will study a range of 5 GCSEs, including GCSE English and maths, in preparation for multiple examinations in June. In addition to English and maths, you will be taking GCSEs in sociology, psychology, chemistry or biology to reach the 5 GCSE requirement for a full level 2 qualification. You will have the support of a personal learning tutor who you will meet on a regular basis to discuss your progress, and subject tutors will continuously set and review academic targets to develop your skills.

Entry requirements

You need to show that you have the potential to achieve 5 GCSEs, including English and maths, in one year as well as a commitment to intensive study. Current Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths at level 2 and a number of GCSEs at grade 3 (D) are desirable but not essential, as you will take pre-entry assessment tests in English, maths and science at interview to establish your potential to succeed on the course, and a further, more detailed pre-entry assessment before the course begins. A satisfactory reference will also be required.


You will be assessed by both examination and controlled assessments in each GCSE. Throughout the year, you will be expected to complete regular homework and blend-space assessments to both support your learning in class and to self-study aspects of the specifications.

Financial information

Material fee £10.00. A materials fee of £20 is payable at enrolment.You are advised to check your eligibility for fee remission before you apply for the course. The rules regarding fee remission are very clear and, if you are over 24 and not in receipt of qualifying benefits, or 19-23 and already have a full level 2 or 3 qualification, you will have to pay the full fees - although you can pay in installments. Please contact student services for more advice.

Future opportunities

GCSEs in English and maths are a requirement for all level 3 courses and for university entry. Access to Higher Education diplomas are for adults returning to study and now require GCSEs as standard entry. Some level 3 Access courses require a science subject such as biology or chemistry and those planning on a teaching career also need science GCSE for certain courses. For Access to Health Professions, 5 or 6 GCSEs are required (standard entry for nursing degrees). This course is designed to get you to the standard required for an Access diploma, then on to university.

Further information

Apply online via the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. There are pre-entry assessments in maths, English and science which you must pass before being offered a place on the course. It is in your interest to undertake practice tests in these subjects prior to interview. There are a number of tests available online, for example GCSE Bitesize, to help you to prepare. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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