GCSE - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning


Fast Track GCSE Courses in English and maths

We are proud to say that our GCSE pass rates in English and maths are better than the national average, so by doing a course with us we’ll do our very best to make sure you pass with flying colours!

If you don’t already have a GCSE in English or maths at A*-C grade or 9-4, your GCSE course will be funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and you won’t have to pay a course fee*.

If you would like to take a GCSE course, you should first enrol on a free ‘Are you ready for GCSE?’ course.  We ask everyone to do this assessment as it helps us to make sure that GCSE is the right course for you.

We work with learners of all abilities – from beginners (Pre-Entry) to Level 2 (GCSE). Our classes are designed for adults and are small so you will get plenty of attention. If you are not quite ready to gain a GCSE but want to take the first step towards improving your skills, we would love to hear from you.

GCSE courses run from September until May, if you are interested in joining a GCSE course, you will need to first complete an ARE YOU READY FOR GCSE? assessment.  This will be made up of online tasks and, where appropriate, a short telephone or video call with a GCSE tutor. A GCSE tutor will then review the work you have submitted and let you know if you can enrol on one of our GCSE FAST TRACK courses. You will also complete a further assessment at the start of the GCSE programme.  Your place will be confirmed by the third session of the course.  If you are not ready for the GCSE, we can offer you a place on a Functional Skills course.

*This course is free for learners who are 19+ on 1 August 2020, if you are 16 – 19 we can signpost you to other providers who offer GCSE

Please email Angela Cato Angela.Cato@buckinghamshire.gov.uk to find out more and/or register for an ARE YOU READY FOR GCSE? assessment.

If English is your second language and you want to improve your English skills, you can join an ESOL class.

*Depending on residency requirements

What our English learners say about us:

“I absolutely hated school when I was younger and the thought of ever studying again or going into further education was a nightmare for me but this course has given me so much confidence, not just in my English abilities but in my ability to actually focus and enjoy education.”

“I was frightened about being a mature student studying English. When I joined the class the other learners made me feel welcomed and not stupid. The tutor built my self-confidence and always welcomed ideas.”

What our Maths learners say about us:

“I found out that my maths skills were not as bad as I thought. I just needed someone who was very patient and understanding to help me get over my fear of maths.”

“Attending a maths class has given me a lot of confidence in my own abilities to apply myself – particularly with a subject I find so difficult”.

“It has shown me that I am capable at maths after all. I thought the teaching was excellent. The tutor was both patient and informative and was able to explain methods in a clear and concise way with humour and warmth.”