We aim to improve your spelling, punctuation, technical accuracy, and develop your ability to write in different styles for different purposes.
In addition, we hope to encourage you to read more widely and respond to works of literature. As oral work is an important part of the coursework, we will also enable you to develop your speaking and listening skills in a variety of situations.
Entry onto the course is dependent upon the student having already achieved a grade D in GCSE (in the higher paper). If a student has previously achieved a D grade in the foundation paper, they will be asked to undertake and achieve a satisfactory standard in a diagnostic test. If a student holds an equivalent level 2 English qualification, they will be asked to undertake and achieve a satisfactory standard in a diagnostic test.
How is the course assessed:
GCSE English is part coursework, part examination assessed:
- Unit 1: WRITTEN PAPER 30% (1 hour examination) English in the daily world (reading) non-fiction texts.
- Unit 2: WRITTEN PAPER 30% (1 hour examination) English in the daily world (writing) information and ideas.
- Unit 3: CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 40% English in the world of the imagination; Reading- Literary text - two assignments (10% each) ; Writing - open writing - two assignments (10% each).
- Unit 4: CONTROLLED ASSESMENT Speaking and listening: communicating and adapting language; interacting and responding, creating and sustaining roles.
- Unit 4 is a mandatory component of the course although it does not contribute to the final grade.
A good standard of literacy skills both written and spoken are essential for supporting progression into any field of employment.
A grade C or above in GCSE English is a qualification required by many employers and is also necessary for progression onto a number of other courses, both in further and higher education.