100% of our GCSE students progressed to study A-Levels in 2015

Full-time GCSE Courses

The preferred entry qualifications for the UK’s leading universities are A-Levels. However, increasingly the best universities are looking back at students’ GCSE results when making admissions decisions.At Astrum Education’s colleges, our A*-A percentage for GCSEs is double the national average in a number of subjects including Maths. In 2015, 100% of our GCSE students progressed to study A-Levels, which is all the more remarkable when you consider that a number of our students take their GCSEs in just one year.

Astrum colleges’ courses are designed to give students a complete education in the core facilitating subjects, with options in the Arts, Humanities and Languages enabling them to personalise their study programmes. This provides students with the perfect base from which to progress to the broadest possible range of subjects at A-Level.

Guidance on A-Level subject choices and advice on potential degree and career opportunities is provided throughout the programme. Learning is supported by detailed teacher-written notes, and lessons are complemented by regular exam practice periods that help build students’ confidence in formal examinations and ensure they are progressing towards achieving their target grades.

Our colleges’ holistic approach supports the development of independent learners ready for the
demands of A-Level study and sees our teachers build relationships with their students based on trust and mutual respect.



For students requiring further preparation before their GCSEs, we offer a programme of up to three terms of intensive Academic English and study skills with taster sessions in Maths and Science. On completion of the Pre-GCSE programme, students progress to a One-year GCSE Pathway. Students are required to be a minimum of 14 years of age at the start of the Pre-GCSE programme.

Year 10 and 11

Students study up to four core subjects and choose four optional subjects, for a total of up to eight GCSEs. Students enrolling on Year 10 are required to be under 16 years of age.

One-year GCSE

Students study up to four core subjects and choose three optional subjects, for a total of up to seven GCSEs. Students enrolling on the One-year Pathway should be a minimum of 15 years of age.


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