Central College Nottingham Home Educated GCSE Courses 14-16

Central College Nottingham was one of the first colleges in the UK to offer a dedicated GCSE programme for pre-16 home educated students.

Following the success of this programme the college is extending its home education offer to include the following

Home educated young people aged 14-16 in England are able to attend college and the Government will pay for the course. The funding changed in September 2013. There are 4 funding bands. It is up to the colleges whether or not to admit under-16s. These students can do any course agreed by the college, not just a designated 14-16 course, although most colleges still don’t offer GCSE courses. The rules are different for home educated young people because the parent retains responsibility and so the college does not have to make special arrangements for pastoral care or offer a full curriculum. Colleges are using the post-16 funding formula for 14-16s

Read more about 14-16 home educated college funding here 

1/ PRE-GSCE PROGRAMME  Beeston Campus

This one year programme is for students in Year 9 – 11 and will provide students
with the skills that they need to progress on to a GCSE or vocational full
time programme.

  • Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Applied Science
  • Tutorial Programme that includes Personal and Social Development and
    Employability and Progression skills

2/ GCSE PROGRAMME Beeston Campus

This programme is for Year 10 – 11 students who are ready to undertake a GCSE
programme (determined by initial assessment)

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Double Science
  • GCSE Psychology
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE History


These one year courses enable home educated students who are in Year 11 the
opportunity to have a fresh start and undertake an intensive vocational learning
programme within Central’s main college provision.

  • Art & Design
  • Photography
  • Automotive
  • Business & IT
  • Care & Early Years
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Sport

Please get in touch with Central College as early as possible for ALL home education courses beginning September 2015 since it is expected that they will be very popular.

Email centralchoices@centralnottingham.ac.uk
Call 01158842840

Download an application form from the website

Download a leaflet about the courses here

(For example if you are planning to go to the college event organised by Nottinghamshire Council Home Education Department on 13th May at the Beeston Campus, you don’t have to wait till the event in order to get things started with the college application process)

Brendan Coulson from Central College Nottingham spoke about the GCSE courses for home educated young people at the Home Education APPG meeting in October 2014. Link

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