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Fast Track GCSE is an intensive academic programme that allows students to achieve General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) qualifications in one year. The programme provides students with a high-quality secondary education foundation which offers progression to A level or UFP.

fast track GCSE Overview

The programme is academically challenging and intensive. Students are expected to have some prior knowledge of their chosen subjects.

Classes are taught by subject specialists who are trained in how to teach students who have English as a second language.

The qualification is internationally recognised.

GCSE Qualifications in a wide range of subjects

Improved subject knowledge for university preparation programmes

English fluency and proficiency ready for university preparation programmes

Enhanced study skills required to excel in a chosen university preparation programme

Builds personal confidence and independence

Improved collaborative skills

Subject Choices and structure

Compulsory subjects
English Language* | Chemistry | Maths | Physics | Engaging with Technology | Physical Education
Choose between
Economics | Biology

“At CATS Cambridge, we identify the potential of every student and work with them to ensure they make the best progress they can make.”

Assistant Principal, Academic
Qadeer Afzal

Questions About fast track GCSE

The programme allows you to achieve six GCSEs in one year and prepare for further study at A level or UFP. 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.

Fast Track GCSE is ideal for dedicated and bright students aged 15 onwards, who want to quickly achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification. The programme allows you to study a range of subjects and gives you the right preparation for your further study.

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 you will normally have two years of high school left.

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.

Students take a mixture of internal and external examinations. The main external exams take place in the summer term at the end of your GCSE course. To ensure students are well prepared we provide mock exams to aid in exam practice and preparation and to help teachers identify any areas needing improvement. 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) may have an element of coursework which is written or practical work completed throughout the year and counts towards the overall grade.

GCSE 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.

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