• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Student
    Support

Course Overview

This course is a great opportunity for those who wish to achieve a grade 4 (grade C equivalent) or above in English Language.

  • English qualification recognised by employers and universities.
  • The course covers a wide range of in depth reading and writing skills.
  • Assessment is by two exams in June. There is no coursework.
  • A range of daytime and evening classes delivered by highly qualified, experienced lecturers.
  • You will attend one three hour class per week excluding holidays and half terms.

The course runs from September to June.

Duration
1 year part-time
Awarding Body
AQA
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

The course is delivered over 30 weeks with one 3 hour session per week.

Final assessment will take place in June. You will sit two exam papers which will assess the six assessment objectives that you will have studied across the year.

Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing (1 hour 45 minutes):

Section A – Reading: 4 questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract (24 marks)

Section B – Writing: a choice of two descriptive writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract (40 marks)

Paper 2 : Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing (2 hours):

Section A – Reading: 8 questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts (56 marks)

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts (40 marks)

There will also be an assessed speaking and listening task where you will be required to prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Applicants will be expected to complete a diagnostic assessment as well as two written tasks which will test their reading and writing skills. This will be followed by an interview. Those candidates not currently at the required entry level for GCSE will be offered other programmes of study which will prepare them for entry at a later date.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.
Daytime and evening classes delivered by highly qualified, experienced lecturers

Apply or Enquire

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Have any further questions about this course? You can contact someone specifically about it by using the details below or filling in the enquiry form.

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

Applicants will be expected to complete a diagnostic assessment as well as two written tasks which will test their reading and writing skills. This will be followed by an interview. Those candidates not currently at the required entry level for GCSE will be offered other programmes of study which will prepare them for entry at a later date.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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