Completing BKSB Online Initial Assessment and Diagnostic

All students joining a new course at Gloucestershire College are asked to complete online BKSB initial assessment and diagnostic in maths and English as part of the College enrolment process.

As completing the BKSB online initial assessment and diagnostic can take up to 1 hour (30 minutes for maths, 30 minutes for English), we strongly recommend that students complete this ahead of coming in to enrol. You’ll find more information in the FAQs below.

Once you have opened the BKSB online assessment portal, you will be asked to log in. Please log in using the following details:

Username: your student ID number

Password: password (all lower case)

Please complete both the Maths and English initial assessment and diagnostic. There’s nothing to worry about – this is not a condition of entry, but it is an essential part of the enrolment process. Your results will affect the support you receive and the level of work that is set for you from day 1 at the College.

  • Save over an hour at enrolment
  • Complete BKSB at a time that suits you
  • Ensure you receive the right level of support at College

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Frequently Asked Questions:

I have GCSE maths and/or English – do I need to complete the BKSB online initial assessment and diagnostic?

Yes. All students starting a new course at Gloucestershire College are required to complete the BKSB online initial assessment and diagnostic in both English and maths. Although not a condition of entry, the initial assessment and diagnostic helps us to ensure that all students are given the right level of support and are set the right level of work from day 1 with us.

English and/or maths is not relevant to my course - do I need to complete the BKSB online initial assessment?

Yes. English and maths are important skills which are relevant on all courses and in all future employment opportunities. It doesn’t matter if you’re studying Public Services or Business, Construction or Health Care, English and maths will feature on your Study Programme.

I can’t remember my student number?

Check a recent letter or email communication from us – all applicant communications should include your student reference number which you will need to log on to the BKSB online portal.

If you are still unsure of your student number, please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

I’m still not sure what to do…

Don’t worry. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our friendly Student Services team on 0345 155 2020 or by emailing The team are available Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm.


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