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Education Support Centre

Curriculum Subjects (KS4)


There are many qualifications available to study for at the NHESC, ranging from Functional Skills to City & Guild Diplomas to GSCEs.

The qualifications a student can take depend on the amount of time they have left before the conclusion of Year 11; some qualifications are designed to be taken in a short amount of time, others may require the full 2 years of Key Stage 4 to complete.

Available Qualifications in 2018-19: 

Students are offered the opportunity to gain many of the following qualifications:


  • GCSE
  • Entry Level
  • Functional Skills


  • GCSE
  • Entry Level
  • Functional Skills
  • Edexcel Level 1 Award


  • Biology GCSE


  • OCR Cambridge Nationals in iMedia at Level 1 or Level 2
  • OCR Computer Science Entry Level, Functional Skills


  • NCFE Level 1 in Business & Enterprise


  • Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport
  • BTEC Entry 3/Level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure


  • AQA Awards


  • GSCE
  • Arts Council Arts Award


  • Arts Council Arts Award


  • Edexcel Level 1 BTEC Introductory Award/Certificate in Construction


  • City & Guilds Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics
  • ABC Awards Entry Level 3/Level 1 Award/Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies,
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Hair and Beauty:

  • City & Guilds Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma in ‘An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector’

Animals and the Environment:

  • City & Guilds Level 1 in Horticulture

Saddle Up:

  • AQA Awards in Basic Horse Riding Skills

Right Trax:

  • NOCN Level 1 Award - Skills Employment
  • Training and Personal Development

Duke of Edinburgh Award