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English – GCSE

The course is aimed at anybody who wants to gain a GCSE in English. When employers or colleges require a pass in GCSE English they usually mean a grade C or above. Consequently, all students will be entered for the exam.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students have a strong interest in this subject and recent study experience. This course is very fast-paced and will require you to spend approximately two to three hours a week on reading, preparing material or writing assignments.

Course Content

As well as preparing for the exam component of the course, a large amount of time will be spent on the production of a Controlled Assessment folder, worth 40% of the overall grade. This folder will consist of two pieces of original writing, a response to a prose text and a spoken language investigation. The preparation for this work will take place in the classroom but will be completed under exam conditions. Students will also participate in group discussions and deliver presentations.

How will I be taught?

Classes run on a weekly basis and homework tasks will be set to support topics studied. Analysis of texts and writing tasks cover a range of skills including writing from imagination and for specific purposes.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through Controlled Assessment, a range of Speaking and Listening tasks and an exam. The exam is worth 40% of the overall grade and will examine reading and writing skills.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Some work may be word processed; college equipment may be used. A4 File paper and a ringbinder will be provided.

What qualifications will I get?

GCSE English.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A grade C in GCSE English is invaluable to many employers. Students may also wish to continue onto another college course that may require a pass at GCSE English, see prospectus for further details.

Course Information

Students may wish to read a variety of texts including newspapers, magazines and short stories in order to prepare for this course.

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.

If you would like further advice or guidance, please contact Reception on freephone
0800 056 0511.

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