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Our Curriculum

Forest Pathway College provides 2 separate programmes of study:

  1. A one year GCSE programme which offers a total of 6 GCSEs and an Entry 3 Btec in Sport;
  2. An Entry Level programme for students needing to develop their English language skills whilst also studying other subjects like Maths, Science and PE at entry level or above.

In addition to the above all pupils will develop their leadership and employability skills through our London Ambassador Programme and our Careers offer.

For a minority of pupils we also offer bespoke study programmes e.g. for students who haven't previously learnt to read or who need a wider range of practical learning to develop their social and employability skills.

The subjects a student will study depends on which class they are in. This in turn depends primarily on their level of English. The following is a list of subjects offered by class.


Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

English Language GCSE



Maths GCSE



Science GCSE (double award i.e. 2 GCSEs)



Citizenship GCSE


Geography GCSE



English (ESOL/Functional Skills)

Maths Entry Level (Entry Level Certificate/Functional Skills)


Modern Foreign Language1 (optional)

PE – Btec Entry Award in Sport and Active Leisure (Entry 3)

PSHE & British Values

Science Entry Level



London Ambassador Programme






  1. Modern foreign languages (MFL) are not timetabled and are mainly open to pupils who already have some facility in the language and want to demonstrate that by taking an external exam.  We are able to offer advice and support on what the exam entails. Please note that many MFL's involve being able to follow instructions in English and sometimes provide answers in English e.g. translating from the target language into English.  This can mean that if a student has very limited English even if they are fluent in the MFL they may not be able to achieve a high grade at GCSE.

Organisation into Classes

Pupils are put into class according to their level of English which is assessed through The Oxford Placement Test on entry (during the induction week).

Class 1

   Entry Level 3/Level 1 or above

Class 2

   Entry Level 2/Entry Level 3

Class 3

   Entry Level 1/Entry Level 2

Class 4

   Pre-entry/Entry Level 1

Where a level appears against more than one class pupils at the upper end of the level are allocated to the higher class and those at the lower end to the lower class.

Access to GCSE's

Pupils in class 1 and 2 can take 6 GCSE's with the option to self-study for a Modern Foreign Language (MFL). The reason we do 6 GCSE's is to try to ensure the children have adequate study time both in school and at home to get the grades they need to move on to college at the highest level possible.  If they get the grades students will be able to access A Levels with 6 GCSE's.

Pupils in class 3 have the option to take Maths GCSE and the option to self-study for a Modern Foreign Language.

Pupils in class 4 do not take GCSE's and do not normally have a sufficient level of English to attempt the Modern Foreign Language exams.

Access to Entry Level Exams and Functional Skills Exams

Entry level exams are available in English (Literacy and ESOL), Maths, ICT and Science.  The functional skills exams in English and maths are also available at Levels 1 and 2 so pupils can demonstrate their ability at a higher level in these subjects even if they are not taking GCSE.

Pupils in class 3 take entry level exams in Maths, Literacy, ESOL, ICT and Science. Level 1 and 2 exams are also available where appropriate except in Science. Pupils expected to get a grade in Maths equivalent to level 1 or above do not need to take the entry level exam in Maths.

Pupils in class 4 take entry level exams in Maths, Literacy and ESOL.

Entry level exams are qualifications for students not yet ready for GCSE and provide stepping stones to move on to the next level.  Students who obtain Entry Level 3 qualifications whilst at FPC normally go on to study the subject of their choice at college at Level 1.  Students who don’t reach Entry Level 3 will normally be expected to undertake further English language courses when they move on to college. If your child is not doing GCSE's striving to achieve Entry Level 3 is very important for their future studies.