GCSE Fast Track
Faculty of Foundation Studies
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Foundation Studies Level 2 Hele Road 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

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.

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 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 English Literature
  • GCSE Psychology
  • GCSE Religious Studies

You will receive preparation for progression onto Level 3 programmes. You will 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.

You may be able to access other GCSE's that are offered cross college. These subjects will only be offered if needed for progression and you have already achieved a grade 3.  

What experiences will I get?

See above.

What are the entry requirements?

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

What can I study alongside this course?

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

What facilities are there?

Classrooms are bright and spacious with Internet access, access to IT and projectors and books. The Foundation Studies faculty also has its own IT suite which learners can access plus the Learning Resource Centres, IT suite in the Hele Building and other cross college facilities.

What can the course lead on to?

Most Fast Track students’ progress onto Level 3 (AS and vocational Level 3 courses) courses within Exeter College. The subjects they have moved onto have varied from catering to classical civilisation. Some students have progressed onto Apprenticeships and some have gone onto full time employment. As part of your tutorial programme, attention is given to employability skills and progression. You will be supported with transition.

Are there any additional costs?

There is an on entry resource fee of £30.00 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. 

What do our students think?

I chose this course to improve my GCSE grades so that I could progress on to a Level 3 course. The classes were interesting and challenging and the teachers are dedicated. I feel the college is a good place to learn with good resources such as the learning centres.My tip for future students is to take your work seriously and complete everything as it dramatically affects your overall grade."

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.


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