If you don’t have enough GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above to study on a Level 3 course, or need to boost your grades, this pathway is for you.

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  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

  • Pathway


Our brand new STRIVE programme is a new entry point for students with grades of mostly 4s. An opportunity to boost grades before A Levels or other level 3 courses.

It will comprise of mostly GCSEs at higher tier level, with the additional opportunity to experience Level 3 study with an AS Level.

This course will equip learners with the academic skills and attributes required for success on a full A Level pathway, T Levels, or other higher-level study.

You will be studying an intensive one-year programme that consists of the following:

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths (Higher)
  • GCSE Combined Science (Higher) 
  • Level 3 Core Maths


During the course we will prepare you with the relevant study skills and attributes to ensure you are ready to progress to A Levels, or other Level 3 qualifications, for example BTEC Extended Diplomas, with the aim of progressing to university or employment/an apprenticeship.

You will study using a range of techniques including:

  • group work
  • independent study
  • research
  • practical activities
  • homework

We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled lessons, talks, tutorials and workshops. You will also have a weekly tutorial.

In addition, students can expect to attend trips and visits according to the needs of the individual subjects.

This GCSE/AS is assessed by a final exam.

You will need 5 GCSE grade 4s including English and maths.

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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