One-Year GCSE/Pre-IB Programme: Ages 15 – 16

One-Year GCSE Course UK

The one-year GCSE gives students the ability to gain the pass grades they need to apply for A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate, BTECs or foundation programmes in just one year.

Taunton School is proud to offer more one-year GCSE courses than any other school in the UK


What is the One-Year GCSE?

As its name suggests, the one-year GCSE allows students to gain their GCSE qualifications within a single year rather than the standard two-to-three years.

This course targets students aged 15 and 16 looking to get the pass grades needed for post-16 choices like A-Levels, BTECs, the International Baccalaureate, or the NCUK Pre-Foundation Year.

Students usually take 6 or 7 GCSEs in one year, these being study English (first or second language), mathematics, own language (where the GCSE is available) and up to three additional subjects during the school day.

Students can also opt in to additional lessons after school. These require additional commitment and private study.

“I chose Taunton School International because it offered the one-year GCSE programme, and it was the best school that does. The school has played a massive role in helping me become the person I am today.”

Valentin, Former TSI Student and Head Boy at Taunton School


One-Year GCSE at Taunton School International

Taunton School International (TSI) has places for up to 70 students on the one-year GCSE programme. With small class sizes (averaging 8 students per class), a roster of specialist teachers and individual tutor support our students have the very best opportunity to achieve their full potential.

TSI is situated within the beautiful Taunton School 56-acre campus, enabling our students to make full use of the outstanding facilities, including a theatre, Chapel, tennis courts, sports halls, football pitches, swimming pools, 24-hour health centre, library and much more.

Students at the International School are fully integrated with the senior school students in sport, music, art, drama, clubs, house competitions and weekend trips.

Successful completion of the one-year GCSE enables our students to secure a Sixth Form place to study A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate, BTECs, or the two-year NCUK Business Foundation Programme.

For more information on studying the one-year GCSE at Taunton School, contact our admissions team. >


Where can the One-Year GCSE take you?

The one-year GCSE can open a lot of doors for British and International students wanting to further their studies in the UK. Some further study options include:


A-Levels allow students to study three or four subjects in depth over two years. This subject-focused study helps students that are preparing to look at higher education.
Students studying A-Levels are also open to conduct an independent research project via an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

Learn more about A-Levels at Taunton School. >


BTECs (Business and Technology Education Council) are practical-based vocational qualifications.

BTECs provide a hands-on experience in a subject away from traditional classroom learning. They are seen as an alternative to A-Levels and are becoming increasingly popular with universities.

Learn more about the BTECs available at Taunton School. >

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognised qualification favoured by educational institutions and employers around the world.

Taunton School is one of the UK’s leading providers of the International Baccalaureate. In July 2023 our International Baccalaureate students celebrated an average of 31.9 points: this exceeded the global average score and secured the students places at many universities across the world, including the University of Oxford.

Discover the International Baccalaureate at Taunton School >

Two-Year Business Foundation Programme

The two-year Business Foundation Programme is for students interested in studying business-related degrees at university. Depending on age and qualifications, students can study over two years or just one year.

The Pre-Foundation Year is available for students aged 16-17. Learn more about the Pre-Foundation Year at Taunton School. >

The NCUK International Foundation Year is available for students aged 17-18. Find out more about the NCUK International Foundation Year at Taunton School. >

One-Year GCSE Course Subjects at Taunton School

Core Subjects

  • English (first or second language)
  • Maths
  • Own Language (If the GCSE exists)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology (DT)
  • Art
  • Media Studies
  • Music*
  • French*
  • German*
  • Spanish*
  • Latin*

Subjects marked with an asterisk (*) are taught outside of the standard timetable and require a significant amount of additional private study.  Note that availability of these subjects is determined by sufficient student uptake.

Learn more about the departments and subjects available at Taunton School. >


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International Baccalaureate

The one year GCSE is a brilliant option for students looking to take the IB in the UK. Learn more about the options available at Taunton School with the International Baccalaureate programme.