English and Maths (inc. ESOL)

GCSE English Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course starts at various times throughout the year. Classes are 3 hour per week.

Entry requirements

  • Students are normally expected to have achieved grade D/3 in GCSE
  • You will take an assessment to determine your suitablility for the GCSE Programme. If you are not ready for GCSE you will undertake the functional skills qualification

 

You will achieve

GCSE English at Higher Tier (maximum grade 8/9) or GCSE English at Foundation Tier (maximum grade 5)

Grades are given from 9-1, with 9 being the highest .

Course overview

English  is invaluable for your future no matter what you are aiming for. A good command of the spoken and written word will help you every day and benefit all your other GCSEs too. Whatever you end up doing, English is a must have subject for college, university, work and life.

 From Architecture to Zoology, GCSE English will help you to:
  • Work independently
  • Be creative
  • Think critically
  • Communicate your ideas with confidence
  • Think logically

Assessments and enrolment will take place on Mondays between 1pm and 7pm. (term time only) Please come to the Old Mill Lane site reception area and allow up to an hour per subject for your assessment (if you require one) Last assessments will take place at 6pm. Please ring (01226) 216123 to book an assessment

 

Course content

You will study the following areas:

  • Effective communication through speaking and listening
  • The ability to read with insight, distinguish between fact and opinion, follow an argument and understand how writers use language to achieve effect
  • The ability to organise your ideas and to communicate clearly through writing
  • The use of accurate spelling and punctuation

You can view AQA course specifications by clicking on the link below;

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/specification-at-a-glanceResults 

 

The new specification of GCSE English has no coursework element. There are two exams at the end of the course.

You must be able to attend the exams on the days given to you as they are fixed dates for all GCSE exams across the country.

There is a separate Speaking and Listening component to the course which is assessed in class and does not count towards your overall 1 – 9 grade. A separate grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is given for this element of the course.

You will be required to provide file paper and writing equipment. It is possible that you may need to obtain copies of certain texts, although these can usually be borrowed from the Learning Curve if you do not want to purchase them. Some coursework assignments can be word processed if you wish.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
Barnsley
S70 2AX

GCSE English Language is a basic qualification for a wide variety of possible career options and the option of further study.

How much does the course cost?

GCSE English and Maths are FREE courses, funded by the government, for most learners unless you have previously achieved a grade 4 / C. If you are enrolled / enrolling to a Higher Education course at Barnsley College, GCSE English and Maths are NOT funded by the government and you will need to discuss funding with your individual HE course leader before enrolling.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

GCSE English Part-time

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