Students who don’t achieve five GCSE passes at Grade 4 and above will be considered for the College’s Intermediate Programme. This one year programme is pitched at GCSE level and is suitable for a limited number of students who achieve an average of a Grade 3, over their four best subjects at GCSE.

Students who find themselves in this situation after GCSE results day should participate in Choices Day, when they will be given more information about applying for an Intermediate place.

Students who successfully complete the one year Intermediate Programme can then progress onto the College’s two year, Advanced Level Programme (A Level equivalent) and then go on to successfully secure places at university or in employment.

Students can select from the following list of BTEC Level 2 Awards and GCSEs:

BTEC Level 2 Awards (each equivalent to one GCSE):


  • Biology
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

See the Intermediate Level 2 Courses brochure for further information about each course.

Useful pointers:

  • All students who have not achieved GCSE English Language or Maths at Grade 4 or above must re-sit them and include them in their study programmes.
  • Students on the Intermediate Programme typically study four subjects.  These might be three BTEC Level 2 Awards and a re-sit in GCSE Maths or English Language, or two BTEC Level 2 Awards and re-sits in both GCSE Maths and English Language.
  • BTEC Level 2 Awards are practical, work-related courses, in which students learn by completing projects and assignments based on real-life work-place situations and activities.
  • Students are assessed via a combination of internal and external assessment (with external assessments accounting for up to 25% of the overall assessment).
  • The Intermediate Programme courses provide an excellent basis for students to progress on to BTEC Level 3 courses.