GCSE success for North Yorkshire’s adult learners

Adult learners in North Yorkshire have celebrated another successful year of GCSE results.

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This is the fifth year that North Yorkshire County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service has offered a comprehensive range of GCSE English and maths courses.

This year also saw the introduction of the new numeric grading system from 9 to 1 – with 9 being the highest grade – for English and maths, replacing the previous alphabetic grades. Eventually, all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades. A grade 9 is broadly equivalent to an A* grade and 4 is broadly equivalent to a grade C.

Early indications are that in North Yorkshire in GCSE English 90 per cent of adult learners achieved a grade 9 to 4. In GCSE maths, indications are that 68 per cent of learners achieved a grade 9 to 4.

More than 9,000 adult learners sign up for courses with the Adult Learning and Skills Service every year. These include free courses that are available to eligible learners. GCSE maths and English courses are free for people who have previously achieved lower than a C grade.

“These are great results for adult learners across North Yorkshire, who should be congratulated for all their hard work,” said County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, Executive Member for Education and Skills.

“These results show it’s never too late to learn and for people to improve skills to get to where they want to be. Also, for people thinking about going back to studying and who might be encouraged by this success, you can still enrol on courses including GCSE English and maths.”

To view the latest prospectus with a full list of courses and start dates in each area, along with information about free taster classes, course information sheets, eligibility criteria and to enrol and pay online, visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/adultlearning.

This story was published 24 August 2017