This course offers you the opportunity to develop literacy skills that are essential for higher education or gaining employment.
It has been designed for those who wish to achieve a grade 4 (previously grade C) or higher in GCSE English.
The course uses a varied selection of materials suitable for learners aged 19 or over and aims to help you to improve your communication skills using a variety of different techniques.
Teaching & learning
You will be taught using the following methods:
- Tutor-led sessions
- Tutorials and discussions
- Individual, paired and group tasks
You will also be required to complete homework outside of your lessons.
You will read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
For each text studied, you will complete a substantial follow-up, focusing on the content, structure and quality of language.
The texts, across a range of genres and types, will support you in developing your own writing style. Texts will include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other pieces of writing such as essays, reviews and journalism.
Minimum entry requirements
- Before joining the course you will be required to attend an assessment session to confirm you are working at levels appropriate for the GCSE.
- If you are not currently working at a level which is suitable for the course, alternative course options such as Functional Skills English, may be offered.
- If you have recently achieved a grade 3 (D) GCSE or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification, then you may not be required to attend an assessment.
How will I be assessed?
- Two examinations, comprised of reading and writing tasks based on previously unseen texts.
- A non-examination assessment of spoken language will also be carried out by your teacher and it is a compulsory element of this course.
- Your exams will be assessed by external examiners.
Information & support
You will be expected to provide your own folders and stationary.
We have a dedicated Skills Development team who can provide specialised support to students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
What can I do with this qualification?
Achieving a grade 9 to 4 will show that you possess the vital written and oral skills that will help you move on to a more advanced course or employment opportunities.
It is a vital qualification for many kinds of employment, usually at grade 4 or above. It is also a requirement for most further education courses, including A Level.