What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
This course is demanding and fast paced. You need to be willing to work independently for three or four hours a week in addition to attending your class regularly. Your teachers will be supportive and will guide you but If you do not already read frequently, you need to start doing so in order to pass the two challenging exams at the end of the year.
The dates for this course are:
Mon 10/09/2018 – 17/06/2019 11:45 – 15:30
Mon 10/09/2018 – 17/06/2019 17:30 – 21:00
Tues 11/09/2018 – 18/06/2019 09:30 – 13:15
Wed 12/09/2018 – 19/06/2019 09:30 – 13:15
Wed 12/09/2018 – 19/06/2019 17:30 – 21:00
Thurs 13/09/2018 – 20/06/2019 09:30 – 13:15
Thurs 13/09/2018 – 20/06/2019 11:45 – 15:30
Thurs 13/09/2018 – 20/06/2019 17:30 – 21:00
Fri 14/09/2018 – 21/06/2019 09:30 – 13:15
GCSE English Language is a key qualification and is suitable for native British learners who got a grade D in their GCSE at school (or a grade 3 if GCSE was taken in past two years) or bilingual learners who have achieved ESOL Level 2 in reading and writing as well as speaking and listening.
*Please note, a fee of £429 applies to ineligible adults from outside the EU or to those who already who have a grade C or above in GCSE Maths. You will not be guaranteed a place on a GCSE course if your application is received after 3rd September 2018.
The course prepares you for two final exams. It is fast paced and you are expected to do a considerable amount of independent study. Paper 1 requires you to demonstrate understanding of a short 19th century fictional text (e.g. from Charles Dickens) and to produce creative writing at a good standard in terms of vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Paper 2 requires skills such as letter writing, speech writing, report writing and also asks you to study two short non-fiction texts (perhaps a newspaper article with a diary extract on a similar topic) and to compare them.