Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
14 September 2020TBCKaren Dollery

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


This access to further education course is for 16-18 year olds who want to study in an adult environment, in smaller class sizes with specialist teachers to improve their English and/or maths GCSE grades, and who want to study new GCSE subjects to allow them to progress to a range of further education courses including A Levels, BTec courses or apprenticeships.


The teachers here are sound!

Kym, 17

Do Business; its fun – plus when you do well, you get cake!

Alex, 16

GCSE’s are the key to unlocking your potential

Kym, 17


There will be a short confirmation meeting with the course leader so that you can find out more about the GCSE programme and make sure it is the right course for you.  Applicants may also be required to take our course entry tests in English and maths, and will need to be working at approximately GCSE grade ‘D’ standard.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for prior qualifications will also be required to produce a short 1,500 word research project in order to be considered by the Deputy Principal for exceptional entry.


This is an intensive 1-year, full time program which is delivered over four days and is taught by subject specialists teachers in small classes. Most subjects are assessed by two or three examinations at the end of the year and some include elements of coursework.

The GCSE program incorporates a uniquely supportive framework designed so that we can get to know each one of you individually and work with you to develop a wide range of skills and experience which would be of real interest to employers and universities or college in the future. Weekly tutorials, employability workshops and exciting and different enrichment sessions as well as private study support our learners during their time at College.

Examples of the kind of things you could be doing:

IT Practical – Promotional Video Museum of London day trip
First Aid Training Introduction to BTEC qualifications
Art Practical – Lino printing Visiting speakers
An introduction to Archaeology Bushcraft session
How to write a CV Art Practical – Photograms
Zoo trip Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Volunteering Study skills workshop


Students should take a minimum of four subjects including maths and/or English– so if you are just doing English, for example, you will be able to do three others.

If you are doing maths and English then choose two additional GCSE subjects. Some students may wish to take 5 subjects in total. Alongside maths GCSE and/or English GCSE, you will have a choice of two or three subjects. All the subjects have been specifically chosen to be new and fresh for you.

You may choose from:

  • Business Studies
  • Biology
  • Classics (Ancient History and Archaeology)
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


This course will give you a range of options after the year to progress into further education, and is suitable for students who wish to progress to Level 3 courses including A Levels at a school, BTEC courses or vocational or leadership courses at The College.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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