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GCSE English

GCSE English has been set by the Government as the 'gold standard' qualification. It is an essential subject that will benefit you in achieving your career aspirations. English will help you across all your subjects, in your future career and in life. GCSE English Language is not only a requirement set by the Government, it is also a requirement for all universities, further education and Apprenticeships. From September 2016 this qualification is changing and we will be teaching the new specification AQA 8700. This will enable young people and adults of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will run from September through to June, with 3 hours per week of in-class study and 1.5 hours per week recommended self-study.

What will I study?

Students will read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each text studied must represent a substantial piece of writing, making significant demands on students in terms of content, structure and the quality of language. The texts, across a range of genres and types, should support students in developing their own writing by providing effective models. The texts must include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism (both printed and online).

How is it assessed?

Two end of year exams in June - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Spoken Language assessment (various tasks)

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

16-19 study programmes - this will be based on a learner's prior GCSE achievement. 19+ - No formal level of qualification is needed, although an assessment will be completed in the first week to attain whether this level of programme is suitable.

What are the course fees?

There are no cost for this course.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Having a GCSE in English will open more doors for you:

  • With a suitable Level 3 qualification and your GCSE, you could go to university
  • You can progress on to level 3 courses in practical or theoretical subjects
  • You could go on to A Levels
  • You'll be immediately more employable
  • Writing assignments in other subjects will be easier
  • Finding and applying for work will be easier
  • You're more likely to gain an apprenticeship/traineeship

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @ sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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