3 and 4 Term GCSE and Pre-GCSE courses

The first step on your academic journey

There are a range of GCSE courses to suit different ages and levels of ability at Bellerbys. We want you to choose the course length that you’re most comfortable with and which will get you started on the path to academic success. You can choose from our intensive 3 and 4 term GCSE programme or our 2 year GCSE Pathway Programme.

Who is this course for?

This one-year course is the fastest way to achieve your qualifications and your classmates will be students like you from around the world. This intensive course is perfect for you if you’re starting your GCSE later and want to keep your studies on track, or if you want to get a head start on your future by studying a two-year course in just one year.

Our 4 term programme is ideal for students over the age of 15.5 who won’t finish studies in their home country until October/November and want to start their studies with us the following January. Like the 3-term programme, you will study up to six subjects with one set of exams at the end of the programme. You can then progress to our A Level or Foundation programmes the following January.

Why study the 3 and 4 term GCSE programme?

Study our intensive 3 or 4 term programme to gain up to six GCSE qualifications in core subjects, preparing you for A Level or Foundation study. In addition, GCSEs at Bellerbys are about more than what you learn inside the classroom – so we’ve created an immersive learning environment where you can build your skills in a range of different areas.

By studying with us, you’ll have dedicated time for enrichment activities, sports or music. Enrichment allows you to continue learning outside of the classroom and develop a wider range of knowledge. You can join clubs such as Young Scientists, Current Affairs, Film, Business and Economics, ARTiculation, Creative Coding and Classics.

Extra preparation with our Pre-GCSE

You can prepare for our 3 term GCSE with our Pre-GCSE preparation programme. If you don't yet have an IELTS level of 5.0, we can help prepare you to study your GCSEs with us. You'll study a mix of core subjects and English language over 1, 2 or 3 terms, depending on the level of support you need. Classes run for the whole day and you'll receive close supervision under the care of your own personal tutor.

3 and 4 Term GCSE subject options 

Study six GCSEs, including English and Mathematics.

Subject Brighton London
 Business Studies
 Information and Communication Technology    
 Modern Languages   

Where will this programme take me? 

Students who complete the 3 and 4 term GCSE programme have gone on to study A Level and Foundation programmes in a variety of subjects. After this, Bellerbys students have attended many well respected universities in the UK.

We also offer a 2 Year GCSE pathway programme. This programme offers more subject choices to give you a broader education.

3 and 4 term GCSE key facts

Minimum age: 15+ (students must complete the course before the age of 18)
Course length: Three terms
September start:
Brighton or London

Four terms
January start:
Start dates: September, January (Brighton only). See term dates
English language entry requirements: IELTS 5.0. or equivalent
Entry requirements: Completion of a minimum of 9 years of school in your home country. Good grades and academic references.
Location: Brighton or London - depending on subjects chosen

University Preparation

A Bellerbys star student preparing for a place at a first-class university

As the international education specialists we will prepare you for university from the moment you arrive at one of our campuses. We will introduce you to new ways of learning and help you develop your confidence to ensure you can join the best university for you.


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.

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.