GCSE English


Hadlow Campus

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This course is for adult students who do not have a grade A*- C/9 - 4 in GCSE English.

The new English GCSE will provide you with an opportunity to read a greater range of high quality, challenging literature and non-fiction text from a range of genres and types (from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries).

The English Language GCSE will have a greater focus on making sure that you are able to write clearly and accurately, in good Standard English.

The GCSE English syllabus can divided into three areas, which you will spend time studying in class, as well as during self-directed study:

1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Speaking and Listening

If you are aged 19 or older and have not previously attained a GCSE grades A* to C in English and maths this course could be FREE. Please apply and you will be contacted with more information.

The course duration is thirty-two weeks, comprising weekly 2 hour sessions with the expectation of two hours independent study between sessions.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in English Language is a linear course. English is focused on both written and spoken fluency, critical reading and raising literacy skills.

Assessment consists of two externally examined components and one endorsement for Spoken Language. Students must complete all assessment in the same series.

The programme develops skills in the following areas:

• Creative Writing
• Understanding & Producing Non-fictional Text
• How to Write Different Text Formats
• Study of the Spoken Word
• Developing Speaking & Listening Skills
• Developing Reading Comprehension Skills
• Improving Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
• Peer assessment
• Reflection
• Teamwork
• Independent learning

GCSE (9-1) English Language provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to help students progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education.

You will require the following equipment:

• a pocket dictionary that you can bring to class
• pens highlighters (three colours) and pencils
• A4 wide-lined paper with a margin
• a file to keep your work safe

The Edexcel Anthology covers the reading requirements of the course, and is for use throughout the course and in the exams. The anthology is available on MOODLE and contains two distinct sections: A and B. Section A comprises non-fiction texts, such as factual autobiographical extracts (800-1000 words) and media texts. Section B contains extracts from 19th century creative writing.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

Why should students study this programme?

GCSE English performance is usually a good indicator of how well candidates do when progressing to FE or HE and also into the workplace. The majority of university courses require at least a grade C/4 in GCSE English. Some university courses go further and ask for specific subjects at GCSE, with certain grades.

English is focused on both written and spoken fluency, critical reading and raising literacy skills. A variety of texts (19th, 20th & 21st Century) are analysed from various real-life contexts, which support learners’ main curriculum study and progression destinations. Learners practice their own creative and informative writing skills, which support their creativity and ability to think critically, again vital skills in education and the workplace. All these skills are transferable into curriculum programs.

    Hadlow Campus

  • 1 Year

    Full time

Entry requirements

All students are required to carry out a pre-course assessment. A previous Grade D/3 in GCSE English Language or Level 2 in Functional Skills (or equivalent) will benefit applicants’ opportunity of being accepted onto the course.