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Academic Progression Aspire: STEMM

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


This course gives a concentrated one-year programme for students who need to improve their GCSEs in order to access A-levels and HE and Level 3 courses. Reach for your highest ambitions in this bespoke course aimed at prospective A-level and Access students who want to improve their grades, had difficulty in taking exams, or have international qualifications that are not accepted by UK Sixth Form colleges. You will be supported and challenged by highly qualified teaching staff to attain good grades. Students will meet Sixth Form staff and students for taster sessions to better prepare for Sixth Form.

Students on the GCSE STEMM course will complete a selection of 3 GCSEs, including English and Maths if they do not have it at a C or 4 grade. There is a provision for students to complete 4 GCSEs if students have not taken any GCSEs before but show academic promise. Alongside academic study, you will develop vital learning skills such as independent study, revision and proactivity in your education.

Subjects available in the academic year 2017/18 are provisionally as follows:

Science (Combined Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs)
Art or Photography
Citizenship Studies

Please note that these are subject to change depending on subscription by students.

Entry Requirements

Academic Progression GCSEs STEMM is suitable for students who fit into one or more of the following categories:

-Predicted grades of Ds and Cs, 4s and 5s and above
-Having only 1 or 2 GCSEs achieved at B/6 grade or higher
-Achieving at least one L2 in English or Maths initial assessments at interview, with the other at least at L1


All GCSE subjects available have exam assessments in May and June 2021. Depending on your subject choices, there may be coursework modules as part of your assessment.


Students who achieve a minimum of 5 A*-C/9-5 GCSEs, with a minimum points score of 5.0, can progress onto Sixth Form courses.

Students who wish to do Science or Maths A-levels will be required to achieve A*-B/ 6- 9 in Maths and their chosen Science subjects.
If students are over 19 after finishing GCSE STEMM they may wish to progress onto Access to HE courses.

It also provides a progression route to Level 2 and Level 3 vocational courses and Apprenticeships.

Career Progression

Students with five or more good GCSE grades can go on to A'Levels, Level 3 Apprenticeships and Vocational qualifications, or enter straight into the workforce.

Good GCSE grades are essential for progression onto competitive Higher Education courses and associated careers.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 or over please contact the Advice Shop There will be costs for equipment, uniform and trips. These include costs for text books, stationery and subject relevant materials. Trips can be organised as part of the for study and enrichment purposes which will be subject to cost. For example a trip to see a show at Theatre Royal for GCSE Drama the students will be expected to pay the price of the ticket. Compulsory visits are announced with enough notice to help secure any additional finance needs as required. Please check our Finance pages for information on financial support, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.

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