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One or two year programmes that offer progression to A level, University Foundation or International Baccalaureate. GCSE/Pre programmes provide you with a high quality secondary education foundation ready for you to decide on the right study pathway to a UK university.


GCSE

The GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a flexible two year programme which provides a broad and solid secondary education. The qualification is internationally recognised and is normally obtained after two years study. The programme prepares you perfectly to go on to study A level, International Baccalaureate or University Foundation Programme before you go to university.

Who is this programme for?

The CATS College GCSE programme is designed for international students. Classes are taught by subject specialists who are trained in how to teach students who have English as a second language. The course encourages you to explore your academic potential and since it is a broad programme it will give you a chance to investigate where your interests lie.

What will you achieve?

You will:

  • achieve GCSE qualifications in a range of subjects;
  • have improved subject knowledge and English fluency and proficiency ready for entry onto your chosen university preparation programme;
  • have the study skills required to excel in your chosen university preparation programme;
  • have essential life skills such as time management, confidence, collaboration and independence.

Pre-programme

Pre-programme is a course following a GCSE approach, but for one year or less. Students can take GCSE exams in some subjects depending on the progress they make. The focus of the programme is preparation for A level or IB.
 

Who is this programme for?

This programme will give you the basic skills and knowledge needed to start a university preparation programme – A level, International Baccalaureate Diploma or University Foundation Programme. You will also get an introduction to the UK teaching approach. Within the Pre-programme, there may be an opportunity to take external examinations in English and Maths. This will be discussed during academic counselling, so that we can create your personalised study plan.

What will you achieve?

You will:

  • improve the depth and breadth of your subject knowledge ready for entry onto your chosen university preparation programme;
  • increase your proficiency and fluency (how well you can communicate) in English to help you achieve greater academic success;
  • have the study skills required to excel in your university preparation and subsequent degree programme;
  • acquire essential life skills, such as time management, confidence, collaboration and independence.

GCSE Quick Facts

  GCSE Fast-track GCSE
Age 14+ 15+
Entry requirements At least 8 years of schooling with a good school record At least 9 years of schooling with a good school record
Language requirements IELTS 4.0+ IELTS 4.0+
Average class size 11 11
Hours per week 30+

In addition to Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you will take three more subjects
30+

You will have the opportunity to be examined in at least six subjects including English, Maths and Science
Course duration Cambridge
6 terms (September)
5 terms (January)

Canterbury
6 terms (September)
5 terms (January)
London
3 terms (September)
2 terms (January)

Pre-programme Quick Facts

  Pre-Programme
Age 15+
Academic entry requirements At least 9 years of schooling and a good school record
Language level requirements IELTS 4.0+
Average class size 11
Hours per week 30+
Course duration Cambridge
3 terms (September) | 2 terms (January)

Canterbury
3 terms (September) | 2 terms (January)

London
3 terms (September) | 2 terms (January)

 

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Choosing your subjects

Choosing your GCSE subjects is important as colleges and sixth forms look for students that have good grades in the right subjects. As well as this, it’s important that you enjoy studying these subjects, as you will only get high grades in your GCSEs if you are really interested in the work you are doing.

At CATS, we work with you to choose the best combination to help achieve your university and career aspirations.

Subjects you can study

Frequently asked questions:

Why you should study GCSE/ Pre-programme

These programmes let you study a range of subjects that give you a good base knowledge before you go on to study in more detail. GCSEs are the standard route to further study, and ultimately to university, in the UK. All the top universities recognise the programme, and they are even widely recognised internationally by some of the best institutions across the world.

Who GCSE/Pre-programme is for

GCSEs are ideal for all students aged 14+. The programme allows you to study a range of subjects, and gives you the right preparation for your further study. Preprogramme is for students aged 15+.

Where GCSE/Pre-programme fits into the overall UK education system

The GCSE programme is one of the ways that you can further your study in the UK and eventually enter university and study for an undergraduate degree. After you have finished GCSE/Pre-programme you will normally have two years of high school left.

How GCSE/Pre-programme helps you to be successful

GCSEs are widely recognised by employers across the world. High grades are a great way for you to show that you can perform consistently and meet high academic standards. You’ll also learn how to study, ready to go on to A level/IB..

How you are assessed

You will take a mixture of internal and external examinations. The main external exams take place in the summer term at the end of your GCSE/Pre-Programme course. To ensure that you are well prepared you will also take CATS mock exams so that you can practise and your teachers can help with anything you are finding difficult. English is also examined and awarded through IGCSE First Language English with an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. Some subjects (such as the sciences) have an element of coursework which is written or practical work completed throughout the year and counts towards your overall grade.

When the results will be published

GCSE/Pre-programme results are published in June and August. Grades range from 9 (the highest possible grade, equivalent to A*) down to grade 1 and then finally to U (the lowest grade), although a ‘good pass’ is considered anything from 9 to 4.

CATS Cambridge GCSE Pre-programme
Age 14+ 15+
Academic entry requirements At least 8 years of schooling with a good school record At least 9 years of schooling with a good school record
Language level requirments IELTS 4.0+ IELTS 4.0+
Average class size 11 11
Hours per week 30+
In addition to Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you will take three more subjects
30+
Availability 6 terms (Sept start)
5 terms (Jan start)
3 terms (Sept start)
2 terms (Jan start)
CATS Canterbury GCSE Pre-programme
Age 14+ 15+
Academic entry requirements At least 8 years of schooling with a good school record At least 9 years of schooling with a good school record
Language level requirments IELTS 4.0+ IELTS 4.0+
Average class size 11 11
Hours per week 30+
In addition to Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you will take three more subjects
30+
Availability 6 terms (Sept start)
5 terms (Jan start)
3 terms (Sept start)
2 terms (Jan start)
CATS London Fast-track GCSE Pre-programme
Age 15+ 15+
Academic entry requirements At least 9 years of schooling completed with a good school record
Language level requirements IELTS 4.0+ IELTS 4.0+
Average class size 11 11
Hours per week 30+
You will have the opportunity to be examined in at least six subjects including English, Maths and Science
30+
In addition to Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you will take three more subjects
Availability 3 terms (Sept start) 3 terms (Sept start)
2 terms (Jan start)

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