GCSE English

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Qualification type: Certificate
Level: Level 2
Awarding body EDEXCEL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date w/c 10th September 2018 Friday 9am-12pm or Wed 5.30pm-8.30pm
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

This course is available to anyone meeting the entry criteria, whether they are full-time students, part-time students or members of the public.

The GCSE course is one year, but some people will be advised to study another English course first to prepare for GCSE.

This course is FREE to all those who do not already have a grade C or grade 4 (9-1).

Please note that it is now too late to enrol on this course, however if you wish to start a Functional Skills English course we will be enrolling again in the first week of January 2018.

Entry requirements

You must come to college for an interview and assessment. If you have a recent pass at grade D in GCSE English, we will need to see your result/certificate. We will ask you to complete an online assessment and some writing.

When the course starts you will need to bring pen, pencil/highlighter, A4 lined paper and A4 file to every lesson. You will need to have your own copy of the set text (details given in class) and you will need access to a good dictionary for homework.

How to enquire/apply

Please contact Pauline Colbourne on 01325 503267 to arrange an assessment.

Studying and learning

Learning is through taught classes with some small group, paired and workshop activities, together with home-study of approximately 3 hours per week.

We use the Edexcel GCSE in English Language qualification which enables students to:

  • Demonstrate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately
  • Express themselves creatively and imaginatively
  • Become critical readers of a range of texts, including multi modal texts
  • Use reading to develop their own skills as writers
  • Understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken language
  • Understand the impact of variations in spoken and written language and how they relate to identity and cultural diversity
  • Select and adapt speech and writing to different situations and audiences.

The Edexcel GCSE in English Language comprises of three units:

  • Unit 1: English Today
  • Unit 2: The Writer’s Voice
  • Unit 3: Spoken Language.
How will I be assessed

Initial and diagnostic assessments before starting the course will determine your level of English along with your strengths and areas you need to work on.

Homework tasks will enable you to consolidate classwork and allow your tutor to monitor your progress.

Units 1 and 3 are assessed internally by controlled assessment. Unit 2 is assessed by examination at the end of the course.

What next

The opportunity to follow any career route is improved by the use of effective English and communication skills.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is FREE to all those who do not already have a grade C or grade 4 (9-1).

Grade improvement (for those who already have a grade C or above) fees apply. Please enquire for details.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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