Levels Explained

Helping you to understand which course level is right for you

GCSEs at City College

Do you still need at least a grade C/4 or above in English or maths to meet your goal?

Don't worry… City College has clear learning pathways to help you achieve this at the same time as you study your full-time course here.

If you have at least five GCSEs at grade A* - C/9-4 (including English and maths) then you do not have to re-sit your GCSE in maths and English.

If you have GCSEs at grade D/3 in maths and English then you will undertake GCSE re-sits in maths and English.

If you have GCSE grades E-G/2-1 then you will undertake functional skills at either level 1 or level 2, depending on your need. Once you have completed and passed functional skills at level 2 you will have the opportunity to go on and re-sit your GCSE.

These re-sits in GCSEs and functional skills provision will run alongside your main vocational course and fit into your timetable and ensure the maximum success for your learning outcomes.

If you have less than five GCSEs at grade A* - D/9-3 then you will undertake functional skills at either level 1 or level 2, depending on your need. Once you have completed and passed functional skills at level 2 you will have the opportunity to go on and re-sit your GCSE, subject to interview.

These re-sits in GCSEs and functional skills provision will run alongside your main vocational course and fit into your timetable to best suit you and ensure the maximum success for your learning outcomes.

City Horizons

  • Can’t decide on what you want to do?
  • Can’t decide on a specific course?
  • Find learning a challenge?

    Then look no further as City Horizons can offer you a range of alternative options!

    We offer a multi-skilled programme designed to assist, empower and support successful progression onto a suitable Level 1 or level 2 programme, an apprenticeship or into employment.

All students without an A*-C/9-4 grade in English or Maths will be required to complete a functional Skills qualification in both Maths and English alongside a vocational programme.

Our courses offer taster sessions in a range of vocational areas such as;

  • Hairdressing and Beauty
  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Motor Vehicle and Engineering
  • Early years