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News: It’s nev­er too late to learn!

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Did you know that if you don’t have a pass in cer­tain GCSE sub­jects such as Maths and Eng­lish, they are free of charge for adult learn­ers at Not­ting­ham Col­lege? GCSEs are a life­long ambi­tion for many peo­ple, whether you want to use them as a step­ping stone into a new career or whether you have future goals you want to reach.

Many of our adult learn­ers have had suc­cess in achiev­ing their GCSEs with us. These are some sto­ries from peo­ple who realised it wasn’t too late to study their GCSEs.

After los­ing her hus­band, 60-year-old Debs from Snein­ton want­ed to get out and try some­thing new. After real­is­ing her pas­sion for writ­ing dur­ing the course, Debs is now using her grade 6 in Eng­lish to progress to a Cre­ative Writ­ing course. 

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I can hon­est­ly say that my teacher Ryan is the best teacher I’ve ever had. He real­ly encour­aged me to write sto­ries dur­ing the course and it sparked a real inter­est for me. 

I cur­rent­ly run my own recruit­ment busi­ness but now I’m con­sid­er­ing a com­plete career change. I’m so pleased that Char­lie and I were able to encour­age and sup­port each oth­er, and to both get the grades we want­ed feels like such an achievement. 

 — Debs, 60

Suha Ali com­plet­ed her GCSEs with us when she was 17 after mov­ing back to the UK from Sau­di Ara­bia. As she did­n’t have the chance to study for her GCSEs at school she took the full-time GCSE pro­gramme at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, which meant study­ing and tak­ing her GCSEs in just one year!

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I got 7s in Biol­o­gy, Maths, Physics and Eng­lish Lan­guage, and a 6 in Chem­istry. My results mean I can move onto A Lev­els and I would like to work in health­care one day. 

I’m excit­ed for a new chap­ter, and it’s been a good year. It’s been hard, but I’m happy. 

 — Suha, 17

Will com­plet­ed his GCSEs with us as part of our Pre-16 Pro­gramme after want­i­ng to study in a dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ment to school. 

After work­ing hard in his exams, he got the grades he need­ed to start his A Lev­els at our High Pave­ment Sixth Form!

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I was look­ing for some­thing that was dif­fer­ent to school for my GCSEs. I found the GCSEs at Not­ting­ham Col­lege a lot more relaxed than school. It wasn’t easy, but just different. 

 — Will

32-year-old Bis­ma did part-time GCSE Eng­lish Lan­guage and Maths to help her get to university. 

She said: My expe­ri­ence of GCSES at Not­ting­ham Col­lege was good. I got a grade 8 in Eng­lish Lan­guage and a 5 in Maths, and now I can final­ly go to university! 

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It was my first time study­ing UK GCSEs! But my tutor was patient and explained it all to me (as some­one who didn’t know about GCSEs). He taught us how to sit an exam, as well as teach­ing us the Eng­lish, which was helpful. 

I’m a par­ent and I did the first term while heav­i­ly preg­nant. I gave birth in Novem­ber, and I also already have young chil­dren. I think it’s daunt­ing at first as a par­ent, but the staff are so helpful! 

 — Bis­ma, 32

Whether you’re looking to learn something new, upskill, return to education, or train for a new career, we’re here to help.

You can choose from lots of cours­es that wel­come adults aged 19+, including: 

  • Part-time and full-time voca­tion­al (career-focused) study 
  • Online cours­es
  • Cours­es in the community 
  • Access to High­er Edu­ca­tion cours­es and uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el study 

We have many part-time and online cours­es start­ing through­out the year, not just in September. 

If you don’t already have GCSE Eng­lish Lan­guage and Maths at grade 4/​grade C or above, one or both will be includ­ed in your options. These two GCSEs are often specif­i­cal­ly required by uni­ver­si­ties and employ­ers and will help set you up for any future career. 

Fund­ing is avail­able to sup­port eli­gi­ble adult stu­dents on many of our cours­es, and depend­ing on your cir­cum­stances and the course cho­sen, you could have your course fees waived*. 

Choose from cours­es on cam­pus, in the com­mu­ni­ty or online. 

Browse our adult learn­ing options to find the right fit for you. 

*Please vis­it our fund­ing page to see if you are eli­gi­ble for sup­port on full-time or part-time cours­es with us. 

Published on:
  • 24th August 2022 (12:30 PM)
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