What is the course about?
This course will enable you to extend the range of your reading, writing and speaking abilities. You will have the opportunity to gain a qualification which will improve your job prospects and/or to meet the entry requirements for a University course or Teacher Training course. The course follows the AQA syllabus and the qualification is gained by taking exams at the end of the course in June.
What will we cover?
- types of writing: personal writing; creative writing; argument; persuasion; analysis
- vocabulary: writing for a particular purpose and audience using appropriate register
- reading: a novel; non-fiction and media texts as part of exam preparation.
- reading skills: comprehension of surface meaning and underlying implications, evaluating what is
being said and how the writer manipulates the reader, understanding unusual words, images and
figures of speech, engaging with writer's ideas and use of language.
- speaking and listening skills: giving and understanding information, group discussion, developing vocabulary, oral presentations, roleplay.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and discuss a variety of texts with confidence and understanding
- express yourself clearly orally and in writing
- gain an English GCSE qualification.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
English GCSE is a level two qualification. Before you can enrol you will need to complete an initial assessment with Build. This will be marked and discussed with you in an interview to ensure that it is the right course for you and that your reading, writing and speaking are at the level needed to commence study for this qualification.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will include discussion of reading materials, debates, writing exercises, student presentations and small group work. The teaching will be activity-based. In the final term, classes will mainly consist of exam preparation. You should plan to do 4 - 5 hours homework each week.
Our support department provides support to students with disabilities, dyslexia or mental health issues. Please discuss with your tutor in the first instance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The exam cost is included in the course fee.
You will need a lined A4 writing pad, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. (A substantial amount of course material will be available in photocopied handouts)
If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials). Please note that you can pay the course fees in instalments or in one single payment.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
English GCSE is a useful basic qualification that may be required by an employer. The course can be a self-contained educational experience. It could also give you the confidence to apply for a higher level course in further education, such as an Access to Higher Education programme, an A Level or a vocational qualification. For anyone wanting to do a B.Ed. Degree or PGCE, an English GCSE is one of the entry requirements.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details