GCSE English Language (AQA)
This is a widely recognised qualification that is often needed for employment or further training, the course is anyone for does not currently hold a GCSE English Language qualification or the grade they require and wishes to progress their learning.
The course is designed to develop competence and confidence in speaking and listening, reading and writing. This is achieved by encouraging you to play an active part in your learning. To this end there will be a wide range of tutor-led, whole class, small group and individual activities designed to help you improve your writing and reading skills, both in the classroom and independently/online.
Students should be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment and motivation to complete the course and a grade 3/D in English GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2. If you don’t have any prior qualifications, you can come in for an assessment interview and we will be able to advise you on the best course for you.
During the course you will read, write about and discuss:
A range of literary fiction texts for Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.
A range of non-fiction texts, which might include autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, travel writing and leaflets for Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives.
GCSE English courses include a Spoken Language assessment, which takes the form of a presentation in class and responding to questions and feedback.
Two 1 hour 45 minute exams.
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.
Paper 2: Writers' viewpoints and perspectives.
Each paper consists of section A (reading and analysing language) and section B (extended writing question). These are usually in the first week of June (dates to be confirmed) and a spoken language assessment, which includes a presentation and discussion.
If you have not previously achieved a grade 4/C or higher in GCSE English Language, the course is fully funded, with no cost to you, with the exception of adults currently on a higher education course.
If you are resitting to improve on a grade 4/C, you will be liable to pay a fee.
Many of our students go on to Access to Higher Education qualifications or other Level 3 courses, for the purpose of retraining or studying at university.
Dates & course durations
18th January 2024 - 6th June 2024, Thursdays, 12.30pm-3.00pm
All students will undertake an initial diagnostic assessment. These will run from Monday 4th September 2023, with opportunities to attend during the day or on an evening. Appointments will be made directly with each applicant to come into College and complete these once they have expressed an interest for the course. The assessment could take roughly an hour.
There will be a range of work in class, including discussions, group work and individual work, with an equivalent time spent on personal study and homework, including using online resources.
You will have one 3 hour lesson per week.
Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.
All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.
You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in English to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests.