Students who require a grade 9-4 and/or wish to increase their GCSE profile in order to progress to further study or in their chosen career
Hartlepool College realises that motivation to succeed is far more
important than academic achievement in studying part-time courses, and so there
are no formal requirements for studying a GCSE course.
However, entry will be
subject to a short informal interview to determine your motivation together with
previous experience and/or academic achievement, and in some cases this may also
include a pre-course assessment if required. If we feel that a GCSE is too big a
step then we will advise you regarding a more appropriate course of study.
- English - there are opportunites to explore, read and produce a variety of
text types (including fiction and media texts) with two final exams in
- Maths - Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Statistics and
A variety of methods will be used depending upon the topics being studied. These will include classroom teaching, practical activities, group work, independent study and online activities.
GCSE English Language is assessed through two end of year exams:
- Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing - this is split into
two sections: Section A assesses reading skills (50% of the paper) and
Section B assesses descriptive/narrative writing (50% of the paper);
- Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives - this exam is also split
into two sections: Section A again assesses reading skills (50% of the
paper) and Section B assesses writing to present a viewpoint (50% of the
There is also a Spoken Language component, but this does not count towards
the final grade.
- Mathematics is assessed by two formal external examinations taken at the
end of the year
Further academic study, Level 3 vocational qualifications and progression within employment.
These are two year full-time courses delivered in one year.