This course is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of English Language, and the ability to communicate effectively. The English Language GCSE assesses both reading and writing skills. This means you will be analysing everything from contemporary novels or Shakespeare's plays to the everyday speech you might hear in a supermarket.
Once you have completed the course you will be equipped to extract information from a range of texts (including one literary text such as a novel or play) and to write in a variety of contexts (both descriptively and creatively). In addition, you will undertake a series of speaking and listening tasks designed to improve your communication skills in situations such as job interviews and individual presentations. You will be assessed through four controlled assessments throughout the year and via examinations, there are two exams, a reading and a writing paper, which are both taken in June.
You must be aged 19 or over at the time of enrolment.
You must be aged 19 or older and have achieved Grade D in English or successful completion of a screening assessment.
A GCSE in English is vital for a broad variety of careers, and in order to access most Degree level courses.
Students who complete this course may wish to go on to undertake an Access to HE course.
No tuition fees are payable for students who do not already have a GCSE grade C or above in English.
You will need to purchase a copy of the literary text (novel or play) that you will be studying. Your tutor will advise you which text you need to purchase at the beginning of your course.