New Opportunities (GCSEs / Access to FE)

If you have left school without the GCSE results you had hoped for, or have been out of education for some time – don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you won't be able to join us!

Our Access to A-level and Access to FE programmes give you the opportunity to take four or five GCSEs to improve your grade profile, which you can then use as a stepping stone to further study.

There are a range of GCSEs to choose from, so you can keep your options open about what you’d like to study in the future. These include: English, maths, physics, chemistry, biology, science, sociology, history and psychology.

You will study over one year at our City campus, with dedicated teaching staff in a friendly and supportive environment. It is an intensive course which aims to refresh you with the skills you need to achieve grade C or above in particular subjects. Your future is important to us and if you decide to study GCSEs because you have ambitions to continue in education we are here to help every step of the way.

You will also benefit from high-quality careers guidance, as well as individual support sessions with career development coaches who will help to prepare you for your next step, whether that be employment or further study. 

These courses are perfect if:

-    You have left school without the GCSE results you need to progress and you want re-sit them to improve      your grade profile    
-    You are an adult returning to education, especially if you have been out of education for some time
-    You have been home schooled
-    You are joining us from overseas

Click on the Browse Courses icon on this page for a full list of courses.

Mature student’s results create exciting opportunities

Mature student Nick Barratt has been working at Asda for the past seven years. However, writing and illustration has always been where his passion lies.

Nick, 24, from Long Eaton, realised he wanted more from life and took the brave decision to return to education to pursue his dream job as an author/illustrator.

So, in July 2016, he decided that it was the right time for him to set his sights on taking GCSE’s and chose Nottingham College as his place of study.

Nick explains:

“I think when I was studying my GCSEs the first time round, I was too young to really appreciate the importance of how they could influence my future. It wasn’t until I left school and entered the real world that I realised what I really wanted from a career. I’ve always been interested in stories, comic books and illustration, and one day I had a wake-up call! I didn’t want to look back and regret not trying to reach my full potential.”

Luckily the second time round was a huge success for Mr Barratt as he achieved a grade A in Psychology and History, B in English and Maths and C in Sociology.

In order to build on his qualifications and get one step closer to his goals, Nick is progressing to A Levels at the College’s High Pavement Sixth Form Academy to study English Literature, History and Art.

“Coming back to the College to further my education seems like the best option for me as I’ve had nothing but positive experiences whilst being a part of it. I love the resources, facilities and lecturers and feel confident that I will continue to receive the same level of support at A Level”, Nick continues.

In addition to all this, it’s exciting times for Nick as he’s also almost finished writing his first book, an action/fantasy novel set in his home town of Long Eaton, which he started three years ago. In the future, he hopes to do a variety of projects including creating children’s illustrations and comic books.

Nick is in such high spirits as he has now started the exciting journey that he has always dreamed of. He strongly encourages people of all ages and from all stages and walks of life to pursue their dreams.

He says:

“It’s too easy to get stuck in a rut and fall into the routine of life but I would say to anybody thinking of going back to education, to just dive in and go for it because that’s what I did and it was the best decision I could have made. It’s been a great challenge which has enabled me to push myself, and has proven that I can do anything if I put my mind to it and put the effort in.”



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