What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The GCSE English Language course offers a student-centred approach to learning, while also ensuring that all learners have access to appropriate support and guidance throughout the course. This might be through the provision of supplementary resources to boost exam skills, for example, or by 1-1 support, with learning support specialists if required.
Most lessons are classroom-based and on-going assessment will be through class work, homework and mock exams. Final assessment will be through two exams in June. Paper 1 is Fiction and Imaginative Writing and Paper 2 is Non-Fiction and Transactional writing.You are also likely to receive a separate grade for your speaking and listening skills. You will also be expected to do approximately 2 hours homework per week. This might be set by your teacher, but could also be self-generated and independent.
You will also have access to online resources and exercises.
What topics will I study?
You will improve your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The GCSE English team want to make your learning experience as engaging as possible and we will study texts related to current issues and the wider world as well as looking at classic texts.
We seek to offer an experience of English which meets the maturity and interests of our learners, and tailor the course to match the wider college environment. This means that lessons are active and varied, and we try – wherever possible – to include material and activities that are related to a student’s main college programme.
What experiences will I get?
Students have opportunities to go into the city to carry out activities and assignments such as creative writing, and there may be the opportunity to take part in cinema or theatre trips.
What are the entry requirements?
You need four GCSEs at Grade 3 including English Language at 2 or 3 or above.
What can I study alongside this course?
Contact us for further information about suitable study options.
What facilities are there?
What can the course lead on to?
Typically, students go on to Level 3 courses at college, whether these are in vocational areas or A Levels. Some students choose to do an Apprenticeship.
Are there any additional costs?
This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.