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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.

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.

On this course you will work towards 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.

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.

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.

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My experience at South Downs has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at South Downs, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

South Downs is a really good College, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student


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.

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