If you would like to improve on a GCSE Grade 3 in English Language then this course is for you. Most employers and universities ask for at least Grade 4 or above. This one-year course develops your reading and writing skills in preparation for the exams when you will be asked to show understanding of a range of texts including newspaper articles, biography, and extracts of novels. During lessons, we encourage you to interact with discussions and debates to help you prepare for the speaking and listening skills needed for the end of course assessment. Students who speak English as a second or other language and are wishing to improve these skills are advised to undertake ESOL lessons. Successful completion of the GCSE requires a reasonable standard of written and spoken English as a starting point.
To qualify for this course, you will normally have achieved a grade 3 in English GCSE.
In lessons, you will read and discuss media, non-fiction and literary texts. You will develop your skills of comprehension, analysis and comparison.
English Language GCSE is a qualification that proves you have achieved a certain standard in speaking, reading and writing the English language.
A grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above is required for most advanced or higher-level courses in all subjects and many jobs.
The qualification has two exams which will be in June each year.
In addition, there is a “spoken language” component which is assessed separately and given the markers: pass, merit, distinction. Although this part of the qualification does not count towards your GCSE it does appear on the final certificate and the preparation for it will be a useful life skill.
There will be timed assessments and mock examinations throughout the year, mostly carried out in class time. Homework will consist largely of reading a range of texts, both literary and non-literary.
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