This is a GCSE programme with two main pathways:
Pathway 1 is aimed at students who have been home-schooled or have missed school for a valid reason and have therefore not achieved any - or have achieved few - GCSE grades. This course is geared towards students aged 16+.
Pathway 2 is aimed at students who have achieved grades of 3 in their GCSEs and need to improve these grades in order to progress to an appropriate Level 3 course.
Students will need to complete screening in Maths and English and will have to attend an interview.
Students will need to have attained grades of 3 in subjects that they wish to resit. Students will need an overall 3/4 profile.
Students will complete up to five GCSEs, including compulsory subjects which are English and Maths. Other options include GCSE Science, Media, Business, History and Psychology. You will also have a regular tutorial and complete work experience activities.
GCSE resits will be available in English, Maths and Science. You will also have a regular tutorial and complete work experience activities.
Throughout both courses, you will be assessed on a regular basis within class and through set homework. You will have controlled assessments and some of the different elements of your courses may include coursework.
There are no additional costs incurred on the programme.
The GCSE Plus programme can allow you to progress to a number of Level 3 courses at the College. In order to progress to A-levels, you will need to achieve at least a grade 5/C in English Language, 4/C in Maths and 4/C in three other subjects. For Level 3 vocational courses, you will need to refer to the specific entry requirements for each area.
Former Derby College GCSE student Pavla Kesslerova is travelling to Zimbabwe next month to undertake further research for her MSc Health Psychology course.
Pavla, who is originally from the Czech Republic, graduated from Sheffield Hallam University last year with a first class honour’s degree in psychology.
But the former adult GCSE maths and English student, who studied at the Ilkeston site, believes she would not have “progressed on her learning journey” without Derby College.
Before having her two children, Pavla worked for 10 years supporting young adults with autism, starting as support worker then becoming team leader, deputy manager and ultimately domiciliary care manager.
She said: “After my maternity leave, I felt I needed to expand my academic knowledge and “activate” my brain again. I wasn’t sure how to approach this, though, as I’d become a mother later in life and felt a bit anxious about going “back to school” in my 40s.
But, as soon as I stepped into Derby College in Ilkeston for the initial knowledge test, I felt at ease. I was welcomed and reassured that people in my age group regularly took evening classes with Derby College.”
Pavla needed maths and English GCSEs to study for a psychology degree, plus she wanted to boost her “Maturita”, the Czech equivalent of A levels. The year she spent at Derby College helped prepare her well for university.
She said: “Psychology research is all about statistics, and one needs to be confident in maths before engaging with complicated quantitative research methods. Academic writing is a massive part of the Psychology course; the GSCE in English gave me a great foundation.”
While in Africa, Pavla will be gathering further data for her research project, which centres on gaining a better understanding of vaccine hesitancy.
She added: “I still feel grateful to Derby College and would definitely recommend it. Without it I would not have been able to progress on my learning journey.”
I still feel grateful to Derby College and would definitely recommend it. Without it I would not have been able to progress on my learning journey.