Students ace Trafford College’s unique GCSE programme

More students than ever have passed their GCSEs on Greater Manchester’s only comprehensive full-time programme at Trafford College – and more have got higher grades.

A staggering 97% made the grade on Results Day on Thursday 22 August, with 61% gaining grades 9 to 4, equivalent to A* to C under the old system, up from 55% in 2018.

Trafford College’s Full Time GCSE Programme is one of a kind in Greater Manchester as it allows students to retake qualifications or start again from scratch, providing a pathway for new arrivals in the UK and students who have been home schooled.

Programme Leader Saqib Brook said: “We help students fulfil ambitions where they may not otherwise have been able to, such as students who want to retake their GCSEs to get into a particular course or to get into the education system for international students, for example.

“We are delighted with the results this year, which are the product of the amazing work ethic of the students and the hard work of their teachers, who not only teach GCSEs, but also A-Levels as well, which supports students’ progression.”

Trafford College’s Full Time GCSE Programme is now entering its fifth year with 25% more students expected to enrol this academic year.

During the one-year course students are fast-tracked through GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Language, Business Studies, Psychology, Citizenship and Religious Studies. Due to the expertise of their tutors, who teach A-Levels as well as GCSEs, many students opt to continue their studies at Trafford College’s recently refurbished Sixth Form Centre, exclusive to A-Level students.

Students like 18-year-old Frihah Farooq from Levenshulme, who was home-schooled before joining the College. She gained the highest grade of 9 in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Chemistry and Sociology followed by 8s in Physics and Citizenship.

“If it wasn’t for Trafford College, I wouldn’t have been able to take my GCSEs at over 18 years of age. I’ve travelled different counties and lived in Pakistan, so for a large part of my life, I’ve been home schooled, but when I came here the teachers were very helpful.

“The College has really developed my communication skills. If you want experience of a classroom then Trafford College is the place for you.”