GCSE English Language Mature (AQA) (Day)
The GCSE English course runs from September to early June. We offer GCSE English Language at either St Albans or Welwyn Garden City. Adult classes are available in the morning or in the evening, they are 2.5 hours long. You can choose which campus and what time of day is best for you. The course covers: reading fictional and non-fictional texts, creative writing or presenting a viewpoint, exploring how writers use language techniques to interest readers, speaking and listening in a formal context and using grammar and punctuation correctly.
Course Content - What will I learn?
• Reading fictional and non-fictional texts
• Creative Writing
• Presenting a viewpoint
• Exploring how writers use language techniques to interest readers
• Speaking and listening in a formal context
• Using grammar and punctuation correctly.
Am I right for the course?
We will give you an online assessment and interview to help decide if the course is right for you. You may also be asked to complete a short piece of free writing. If you are not at GCSE level yet you can study Skills for Life programmes, which are nationally recognised qualifications and can be a steppingstone to GCSEs. GCSE English is vital if you want to progress to Level 3 courses such as A Levels and Access, it will also increase your future job/career prospects. Nearly all universities require GCSE English (grade 4) as one of their entry requirements for degree courses.
If you are retaking your GCSE, you will need a minimum grade of a D to enrol on this course. If it is your first time, you may be asked to complete a short piece of free writing to advise you on your suitability for the course.
You will be expected to attend all GCSE sessions and have 95% attendance or above.
At the end of the course, you will sit two externally written exams. Each examination is split equally between a Reading and Writing section. Both examinations are 1 hour and 45 minutes long and are worth 80 marks each. Both exams are paper based. You will carry out a Speaking & Listening assessment unless you have the minimum of a pass carried over from a previous 9—1 Spoken Language Assessment.
You will be taught by specialist English teachers who are experienced in teaching the GCSE specification and continue to attend training sessions that allow them to keep up to date with current changes and modes of assessment within examination boards.
16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.
All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.
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