GCSE pathways

GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. If you're interested in pursuing a course of study in the UK that leads to a UK university place, getting the right GCSE grades will help you get there.

Students typically study nine GCSE subjects with exams taken at the end of two years. You can choose one of five academic pathways depending on your interests and university ambitions. On our GCSE Pathway programme you'll develop the language, learning and cultural skills you need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education. You'll study in a welcoming environment, alongside students from all over the world.

Years 10 and 11 Academic Pathway

Join this pathway if you are 14 or 15 years old. To help you get a broad education, we group core subjects into five pathways based on your interest. Choose from the following:

Science, Economics, English, Mathematics and Business Studies. Relevant enrichment: Young Enterprise.

Science, English, Mathematics, ICT and Art. Relevant enrichment: drawing and painting workshops, puppetry and Coding Club.

English, Mathematics, Science, History and Global Perspectives. Relevant enrichment: creative writing and junior parliament.

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography. Relevant enrichment: Young Innovators Club and robotics building.

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern Foreign Languages and either History or Geography. Relevant enrichment: Creative Coding and lectures at the University of Oxford.

Extra subjects

Students on the GCSE Academic Pathway Years 10/11 will also study two or three extra subjects, called ‘option subjects’, to broaden your interests and impress universities. Choices include: Art, Business Studies, Drama, Economics, French, Geography, Global Perspectives, History, ICT, Photography, Psychology and Spanish.

Which GCSE route is right for me?

We offer several different GCSE programmes based on your age and academic ability. All offer our high quality education, small class sizes and individual support from your tutors.

If you're aged 14 or 15 and need to improve your IELTS score before joining the 1 Year GCSE, you can join our Pre-GCSE programme for one, two or three terms. 

We also offer a 1 Year GCSE programme which is a more intensive course of study, lasting three or four terms. 

Key facts

Year 10 and 11 Academic Pathway (GCSE years 1 and 2)
Age: 14 to 16
Course length: Two years
Start dates: September, January.  See term dates
English language entry requirements: IELTS 5.0 (IELTS 5.5 if starting in January)
Academic entry requirements:  Year 10: Minimum of 8 years school in your own country. Good grades and excellent academic reference.
Year 11: Entry only for students studying GCSE in a British school.
Tuition fees per term: Brighton: £8,120 

Elijah from China

Bellerbys GCSE student Zhengwang

"Bellerbys is the best place I've ever studied, it's easy to make new friends. There's always someone you can ask for help and they will always look after you."

Elijah from China - Studied GCSE

English Language Preparation

A Bellerbys student in the library

If you need to develop your English language skills before starting your A Levels or Foundation programme at Bellerbys, the English Language Preparation Programme can help.
This fast and tailored course offers 25 hours of teaching time a week.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.