These courses are for Adult part-time Students. We run classes in the Evening, on Saturday and some daytime during the week. Note - Improve Your English is not ESOL. All courses are free unless you already have a GCSE grade A-C or 4-9 and want to retake to gain a higher grade. The fee for this is £750 per GCSE.
Experience of GCSE English is helpful but not necessary. We will assess your existing English skills in order to make sure we enrol you on a course that is right for you, through a 45 minute assessment test. If you pass this assessment, you can enrol onto our GCSE English Language course. If you do not pass, we will offer you a place on one of our Functional Skills courses which can build your skills and knowledge towards being ready for the demands of GCSE, potentially the following year. The assessment test focuses on the key topics a GCSE English student will be expected to study and succeed in. These include: GCSE level spelling, punctuation and grammar, extracting information from texts, imaginative writing using a varied vocabulary and other relevant aspects of GCSE English Language.
The GCSE English Language course packs a lot of learning into one academic year. You will develop your reading and writing skills by studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts throughout the year. You will also take part in a variety of speaking and listening tasks: group discussions, dramatic role plays and individual presentations. We try to make studying GCSE English Language an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone and hope that although challenging for many people, the subject is taught in an engaging and interesting way. It is very important that you tell your GCSE English Language lecturer immediately, if you are having difficulties with the course.
Assessment is through two end of year exams (usually sat in June). Paper 1 will focus on unseen fiction and creative writing skills (1 hour 45 minutes) and Paper 2 will focus on comparing unseen texts from the 20th and 21st Centuries and transactional writing skills (2 hours). Paper 1 is worth up to 40% of your final grade; Paper 2 is worth up to 60% of your final grade. From 2017, candidates will no longer receive a Grade A/B/C etc, but a final mark of 1 - 9, with a mark of 4 roughly equating to a 'C' grade.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a qualification in GCSE English Language from the Pearson/Edexcel examinations board.
Please complete an application and return to the College - either online, by post or in person at one of our campuses.
Yes. It is very important that a trained professional English lecturer is able to advise and guide you in your best interests. If it emerges that GCSE English Language is not suitable for you, you will be referred to an Adult Functional Skills course to make sure that your English improves, making you more ready for the demands of GCSE English Language in the future.
You will need to purchase copies of the set course texts (these will be announced when you start the course) and provide basic stationery such as A4 lined notepads, pens etc. The end of year Exam fee is an ADDITIONAL COST unless included in the course fees. Please note: GCSE English is FREE to applicants who DO NOT have a grade C (4/5) or above. However for those who DO have a grade C (4/5) or above and wish to IMPROVE their grade, there will be a charge.