Dear Parent/Carer

We write to you regarding the collection of GCSE Certificates this year.  In previous years we would have invited you to the Year 11 Certificate Evening to collect the certificates and celebrate the successes of your children. However, due to the Government guidelines on social distancing and now with the month long national lock down, we are unable to have visitors on site to collect the GCSE certificates.

Please be assured that we are working towards arranging a time for these certificates to be handed out, and will be in contact with you in due course with details to how this will take place.

At this time we also hope to be able to arrange for the collection of coursework to pupils.

We hope you and your family stay safe at this difficult time.

Kind regards

Naomi Thorby
Examinations Officer

Examinations and Revision/Get Set


GCSEPod is now available at Swanmore College. We have subscribed to the award-winning service to give your child access to thousands of hours of professionally produced, audio-visual content which will benefit them throughout the coming year.

More information on GCSEPod and how to access it can be found below:

  • GCSEPod Information and Help

    GCSEPod is now available at Swanmore College. We have subscribed to the award-winning service to give your child access to thousands of hours of professionally produced, audio-visual content which will benefit them throughout the coming year.

    GCSEPod has over 4,000 teacher-written, audio-visual pods which have been produced specifically for learning, homework and revision. The Pods contain all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that your child needs for GCSE success. They won’t need to use GCSEPod for long to see the impact; in fact, consistent use of just 10 minute chunks is proven to support achievement whatever your child’s target grade is.

    The GCSEPod website can be viewed on mobiles, tablets and PCs and the Pods can be downloaded for offline viewing. The Pods are mapped to the curriculum and students can access pre-set exam playlists which collate all the Pods relevant to a specific exam into a neatly organised list.

    Once your child has activated their account they can browse the Pod library and create their own playlists – just as they would when they’re listening to music. We recommend that you discuss GCSEPod with your son or daughter to ensure that they have successfully activated their accounts and encourage them to make use of this service throughout their GCSEs.

    All pupils have already been registered with GCSEPod and simply need to activate their account and choose a username and password. To access GCSEPod for the first time, pupils should follow these simple steps:

    • Go to and click “Login” in the top right hand corner
    • Click “New here? Get ”
    • Select “Pupil”
    • Enter your child’s name, date of birth and type Swanmore College (this should appear in a dropdown Click on the school in this list to confirm it.
    • Select a username, password, and a password hint to help you remember the


    Once logged in pupils can search for Pods by keyword, a specific exam or subject area.

    For more ways you can help support your child using GCSEPod, visit where you’ll find lots more information and resources.

    If you have any questions regarding GCSEPod please contact Miss Phillips who is GCSEPod Lead for the College.

    For specific technical advice please use the help pages on the website or email

    We’re looking forward to helping your child get the best from this new resource!


Get Set is about ‘Successful Exam Technique’.  ‘Successful Exam Technique’ starts with a well-planned and structured Revision Programme.  This guide will help Year 11s to put a programme together that works for them.

Subject Specific Help

For more specific information regarding a particular subject please select from your subject from the list below.

Quick Key Dates

Year 11 Mock GCSE Exams Tuesday 12 – Monday 1 February 2021
Reserve Mock GCSE Exams Monday 19 April – Monday 10 May 2021
Formal GCSE Exams Friday 14 May 2021 (provisional)
Year 10 College Exams Monday 14 June – Friday 2 July 2021


Exams Timetables

Informal Exams Information

Information for Parents

Year 11 After College Revision Sessions