Course Details

  • The new GCSE specification offers the attraction of two papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper. Each paper has a distinct identity to better support high quality provision and engaging teaching and learning.

    Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time. The approach to spoken language (previously speaking and listening) will emphasise the importance of the wider benefits that speaking and listening skills have for students. The endorsed unit will draw on good practice to suggest how engaging formative tasks can lead to a single summative assessment.

  • Students either need to already have a grade D in GCSE English or a L2 Functional Skills Qualification. Students should be eager to become independent and develop their work skills through the interactive GCSE English Moodle site.

  • There are two final exams to be taken in June and these form 100% of the final grade. Spoken Language is assessed throughout the course by your tutor. At the end of each half term, formative assessments will take place to ensure students feel confident in the knowledge they have acquired.

  • The new GCSE English specification is graded from 9-1, with 9 being the highest grade. For academic years 16/17 and 17/18, learners are aiming to achieve at least a grade 4 (equivalent to a C) to progress to either an Access course, University or employment.

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  • The GCSE course is available if students haven’t already achieved a C grade/grade 4 in GCSE English.

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