Access to Level 3

Access to Level 3 (GCSE) study programme


If you are keen to do A Levels but didn’t quite get the grades, you can improve your results with this programme which allows you to do 4 GCSEs in a year – these could be resits or entirely new subjects.

Entry to this study programme is discussed on an individual basis but typically requires a combination of GCSEs at grade 3. It is useful to have at least one or two passes (grade 4) as this will help you succeed after the programme, because many schools, colleges and employers look for at least five GCSEs.

If you have not passed either your Maths or English, these subjects would be compulsory.

It is really important that we can help you succeed at your GCSEs so your application will be followed by an admissions appointment to confirm this is the right option for you. At enrolment you will have another chat with a senior member of staff, they will look at your existing GCSE results, your planned progression route and possible future career choices. Attendance, attitude and motivation are all essential for success. We will discuss these with you and will also ask for a recent school report. There may be occasions where we contact your previous school for a reference.


You will study four subjects from the list below and have at least 1 hour of Personal Development every week in addition to supervised independent study.

At the start of your programme we will ask you to complete Literacy and Numeracy assessments so we can put in place any support needed to help you succeed.

At the end of the year, when you have successfully achieved your results, this will allow you to either continue on to study A Levels, which you can do with us, or apply to study a vocational Level 3 course elsewhere – allowing you to succeed in the future.



Access to Level 3 is a great opportunity for those that want to do A-Level or any other higher education in order to get their dream job. For me it is the foundation of requirements, because I need those certificates to do A-Level, which will allow me to apply to university for a course related to medicine or pharmacy.

Studying this course at NSFC was enjoyable and full of new experiences, as you meet new students from different backgrounds, nations and cultures, who are hardworking and their efforts encourage and motivate you to work hard too. 

Other colleges only offer this course three days a week - from my point of view five days a week is absolutely necessary to achieve high grades. Also, the lovely staff, are always there to help you in learning and with other problems or questions you might have, making your experience at NSFC more memorable.

Sagharossadat Farshidian, Access to Level 3
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Talk to: Lynda Evans 

Assistant Principal Curriculum

0191 2004179