GCSE Fast Track

This course is unique in the UK because it enables you to gain four GCSEs in a year. You will study three mandatory subjects and will be able to choose a fourth subject. Assessment is a mixture of presentations, practical work and final examinations in May and June.

Course Information

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Foundation Learning and Support
  • Qualification GCSE
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Course Length 1 year

This course is unique in the UK because it enables you to gain four full GCSEs in a year. You will study three mandatory subjects and will be able to choose a fourth subject.

You will be taught through lectures, group work, teamwork plus individual study. Fast Track is a highly supportive course, which encourages independent learning. Assessment takes a number of different formats for example: presentations, practical work plus final exams in May and June. You are expected to work independently in your free time to complete additional work which will enable you be successful. You will have your own personal tutor and you will be part of a tutor group.

What topics will I study? 

An individual timetable is compiled around mandatory subjects of GCSE Maths and English plus GCSE Sociology.

In addition to this core programme you will have the opportunity to choose one option from the following:

  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Citizenship
  • GCSE Religious Studies

You may have the opportunity to access mainstream GCSEs within Exeter College if you already have prior knowledge/experience of the subject or at least a grade 3 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

You will:

  • Have an individual timetable based on mandatory GCSEs in English, Maths and Sociology or Biology
    (if you currently have a grade 3 in Science) plus one other GCSE
  • Choose one option from the following: GCSE Art, Citizenship or Religious Studies
  • Have a personal tutor with weekly tutor group sessions
  • Receive preparation for progression on to Level 3 programmes
  • Complete a week’s work experience after your final exams.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

Next steps: 

Most students progress to AS Levels or Vocational Level 3 programmes within Exeter College, in subjects ranging from Catering to Classical Civilisation. Some students have progressed on to Apprenticeships and some have gone on to full time employment. As part of your tutorial programme, attention is given to employability skills and progression skills and progression which will link directly to your work placement. You will be supported with transition.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements: Entry is by personal interview with a member of the GCSE Fast Track team. You need to have been working towards GCSE level qualifications or have a grade 3 or 4 in English Language and/or Maths. There will be pre-course assessments to check your current level.


Classrooms are bright and spacious with Internet access, access to IT and projectors and books.We have an art room and can access to the Centre for Creative Industries for specialist equipment/resources. The Foundation Learning and SupportFacultyhas its own IT suite which learners can access plus the Learning Resource Centre and other cross college facilities.

Additional Costs

There is an on entry resource fee of £35.00 to secure the relevant texts and equipment needed for maths and English and additional activities, however there may be additional costs for e.g. Art equipment. Students are also expected to pay for their own printing and provide their own stationery.

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