Don’t Panic! Here’s What to Do If You Fail Your GCSEs

Failing your GCSEs can feel like the end of the world, but we’re here to tell you it’s not. At Access Creative College, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to pursue their passions and carve out their own path, regardless of their exam results. So, if you find yourself in this situation, take a deep breath. There are still plenty of options available to you.


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Can You Go to College Without GCSEs?

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The short answer? Yes! At Access Creative College, we welcome students who are full of passion for the creative and digital industry, including those who may not have achieved the grades they hoped for in their GCSEs. We understand that academic success isn’t the only measure of a person’s potential, which is why we offer alternative pathways for students who may not have traditional qualifications.


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Level 2 Courses and Beyond

If you didn’t quite make the grade for college entry, don’t worry – there are still plenty of opportunities available to you. Our Level 2 courses provide a solid foundation for further study or entry into the workforce. These courses offer practical, hands-on training in subjects like music, media, games, esports, and computing, setting you up for a successful career in the creative industries.


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What Grades Do You Need to Get Into College?

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While some colleges may have strict entry requirements, Access Creative College takes a more inclusive approach. We believe in looking beyond exam grades and focusing on each student’s individual potential. So, even if you didn’t achieve the grades you were hoping for, don’t let that hold you back from pursuing your dreams.


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No GCSE Apprenticeships

If you’re more interested in gaining practical work experience while you learn, our apprenticeship programmes might be the perfect fit for you. At Access Industry, our apprenticeships arm, we offer a range of creative and sports apprenticeship programs in partnership with industry leaders like PRG, White Light, and Disney. And the best part? You don’t need GCSEs to apply.*

*Subject to employer’s criteria


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Assistance with Maths and English

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At Access Creative College, we understand the importance of maths and English skills in today’s world. That’s why we offer support for students who may need to brush up on their skills. If you didn’t make the mark previously, you will partake in a GCSE level maths and/or English course alongside your studies with us.


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Our Commitment to Student Success

At Access Creative College, we’re committed to helping every student reach their full potential. With our experienced teachers, dedicated support staff, and state-of-the-art facilities, we provide a supportive learning environment where you can thrive. Whether you’re interested in music production, game design, or videography and photography, we have the resources and expertise to help you succeed.


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Ready to Take the Next Step?

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Don’t let a setback define your future. If you’re ready to turn things around and pursue your passion for the creative arts, Access Creative College is here to support you. With our inclusive approach to education and extensive range of courses and apprenticeships, there’s something for everyone. So, why wait? Apply now and take the first step towards your career in the creative industries. We’ll see you in September!

Last updated on: 9th May 2024