Skills & Learning Facilities

GCSEs – English, Maths & Science

We offer a range of GCSE subjects for self and career improvement, to help you progress to further study or access Higher Education. These are intensive courses which require significant commitment and self-study.

National Exams are scheduled for May/June 2018 outside of the advertised day and times and all applicants must be available for these.

English and maths GCSE may be free if you do not already have a Grade C or above.

GCSE courses

Admissions Process for GCSE courses starting September 2017:

GCSE English/GCSE Maths-

You will be required to attend an enrolment session to apply for a place on a GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths course. Please call us on 01202 262300 or email infopal@poole.gov.uk to request a place on an enrolment session.

Enrolment sessions run until 16th August 2017 and places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

At the enrolment session you will be provided with information about the course to help you make an informed decision about suitability. Your current level of English and/or maths skills will be assessed and you will be interviewed by a member of our team.

The outcome of your skills assessment may determine that a Functional Skills English or Maths course is more appropriate for you. Please read the Course Information Sheet and GCSE Information Pack for more information prior to attending an enrolment session.

GCSE Science-

Note for 2017/18.  GCSE qualifications have changed and a multi science GCSE is no longer available. We will be offering either GCSE Biology or GCSE Physics from September 2017.  A decision will be made by 31/7/17. You are able to apply for a place on this course prior to this decision being made.  When you have submitted your application form, a member of the curriculum team will contact you to advise which GCSE Science subject is to be delivered. If you are offered and have accepted a place on this course but the confirmed subject is not suitable for your needs, you will be eligible for a refund. 

You must complete an online application form to apply for a place on GCSE Science. Please ensure that you thoroughly read the Course Information Sheet and GCSE Application Pack before submitting your application. The closing date for applications is 3rd September 2017. Please note you must apply online for GCSE Science.

Information PackHere

Application Process-

Step 1: You will need to complete an online English Assessment before submitting your course application. You will be sent login & instruction details within two working days. To request a login please click Here

Step 2: Now complete your online application – Here 

Please note:

If English is your second language- Much of your success in your GCSE studies depends on your ability to demonstrate proficiency in English – evidence of this will be decisive in reviewing your application. If your current level is not sufficient you will be advised to join an English for Speakers of Other Languages course.

If you are not sure which course is right for you or would like career advice in general, click here.