GCSEs at Blackpool and The Fylde College

GCSEs are hugely important for your career success.

Blackpool and The Fylde College offers three GCSE courses.

We also provide Functional Skills courses for adult students at our Seasiders Learning Centre.

Why study GCSEs

There are many reasons GCSEs are important to your future.

  • English and maths GCSEs are the start of your journey to higher education.
  • Studies have shown that higher levels of literacy and numeracy are linked to better health and longer lifespan. These skills also have a positive impact on your mental health.
  • The majority of employers look for at least GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths. Having these grades could mean the difference between getting a job or promotion.
  • People with GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above earn approximately £2,000 more than those who have not achieved those grades.
  • People with GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above have a better chance of being accepted into their first choice university.
  • Higher literacy skills allows you to communicate more successfully, be able to express yourself more effectively and therefore have your opinion and viewpoint more clearly understood – this allows for your ‘voice’ to be heard.

GCSEs - gateway to enjoyable careers

Here are some careers and roles to consider once you have completed your GCSEs.

Nursing and primary school teaching

The study of English enables you to develop some key transferable skills which will benefit you not only while you are at school, but also in the outside world. Better spoken and written skills will impact on your ability to get yourself noticed, and will provide a strong foundation to grow on as you enter your desired workplace.

  • What they do: Receptionists are the first point of contact for an organisation. They work in all kinds of settings, including businesses, schools, hospitals and sports centres.
  • What they need: You may not need any qualifications to start work as a receptionist. However, some employers will prefer you to have GCSEs (9-4), particularly in English and maths. Clerical, secretarial and IT skills will also be useful - What they earn: Between £12,000 and £17,000. With experience up to £20,000 or more.

Medical secretaries

  • What they do: As a medical secretary, you would provide administrative support to hospital consultants or departments, GPs, health service managers or medical researchers.
  • What they need: You will need good typing and computer skills, so you may find it helpful to take a general secretarial or medical secretarial course. Employers will expect you to have a good standard of general education, and you may have an advantage with some GCSEs (9-4) including English.
  • What they earn: Salaries in the NHS are between £14,834 and £21,318 a year.

Waiting staff

  • What they do: Waiting staff serve customers by taking orders, serving food and preparing tables. An important part of the work is to make customers feel welcome and comfortable during their meal.
  • What they need: You will not usually need any specific qualifications to work as a waiter or waitress, but you will need a good standard of maths and English and excellent 'people' skills.
  • What they earn: £11,000 to £14,500 a year, with experience up to £19,000.

Engineering maintenance fitter

  • What they do: As an engineering maintenance fitter, you would service and repair machinery and equipment in a range of industries, including transport, manufacturing and aerospace. 
  • What they need: You may be able to get into this work through an engineering Apprenticeship. Therefore, you may need GCSEs (grades 9-1) in subjects such as English, maths, science and technology.
  • What they earn: Starting salaries: £15,000 to £20,000; with experience, to £30,000.
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