Student studying for exams

GCSE Help Is At Hand

Thu, 2001-09-20 01:00

If you have your heart set on doing A Levels as your route to university, but just missed the GCSE grades required to study at sixth form, then a County Durham college may have the right option for you.

East Durham Sixth Form, run by East Durham College in Peterlee, has launched a brand new GCSE re-sit course call the Pre A Level Programme which starts this September.

Jacqui Lee, Head of ED6, explains: “Our new Pre A Level is a great option for students who don’t fancy going down the vocational route with say a BTEC or Diploma but would prefer to pursue A Levels as a route into uni.

“The Pre A Level course is focused on helping students gain those all important five GCSEs at grade C or above, which has become a benchmark achievement for young people to progress on to a number of courses and institutions.”

The new one-year full time programme in made up of five GCSEs.

“Students will study English and Maths GCSEs, which are really important qualifications if you hope to eventually go on to university - and many employers also think they are important when looking for new staff. In fact, employers often look at an applicant’s GCSE results even if they have subsequently achieved A Levels and a degree.

“You will also study GCSE Biology and choose from two of Sociology, Psychology and Media Studies,” Jacqui said.

If students successfully complete the course East Durham Sixth Form will guarantee their place on its A Level programme in September 2013.

To enrol on the Pre A Level candidate must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade D. For more details please call 0191 518 8222 or log on to www.ed6.ac.uk