Help for students who missed out on grades

Jacqueline Owen at East Durham College.
Jacqueline Owen at East Durham College.
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COLLEGE bosses are offering a course for teenagers who missed the mark with their GCSE grades.

Youngsters who had their heart set on doing A-levels as their route to university, but just missed out on the GCSE grades they needed to start college, can join a pre A-level course.

East Durham Sixth Form, known as ED6, which is run by East Durham College in Peterlee, will be offering the course from this month to school-leavers.

Jacqueline Owen, new Head of ED6, said: “Our pre A-level is a great option for students who don’t fancy going down the vocational route with a BTEC or Diploma, but would prefer to pursue A-levels as a route into university.

“The course is focused on helping students gain those all important five GCSEs at grade C or above, which has become a benchmark achievement for young people to progress on to a number of courses and institutions.”

The one-year full time programme in made up of five GCSEs.

Jacqueline added: “Students will study English and maths GCSEs, which are really important qualifications if you hope to eventually go on to university – and many employers also think they are important when looking for new staff.

“In fact, employers often look at an applicant’s GCSE results even if they have subsequently achieved A-levels and a degree.

“The young people will also study GCSE biology and choose from two of sociology, psychology and media studies.”

If students successfully complete the course, ED6 will guarantee their place on its A-level programme the following year.

To enrol on the pre A-level candidates must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade D or above.

For more details,e contact the student services team on 518 8222.