Getting ready for English Language GCSE - part B

Course Dates: 24/02/20 - 08/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy

Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE but are not ready yet to achieve this in a single year? Do you need to test your abilities before attempting the qualification course? Then this Getting Ready for English Language GCSE is the course for you. It will prepare you for the accreditation and familiarise you with its content, level and expectation. You will need to complete and pass an initial assessment before starting this course to demonstrate at least a Level 1 Functional Skills level of English as well as analytical abilities.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is for anyone who already has a good level of English but wishes to prepare thoroughly before attempting the GCSE qualification course. The course will mirror the accredited GCSE but at a slightly lower level. You will read and be assessed on challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. You will focus on content, structure and the quality of language. The texts will range across different genres and types and will support you in developing your own writing by providing effective models. The Getting Ready for GCSE is divided into two parts and you are strongly advised to complete both of them before moving onto the accredited GCSE.

What will we cover?

This course prepares you to do the AQA English Language GCSE course. We will cover some or all of the elements of the GCSE accreditation but in less detail and at a slightly lower level. Which of these we focus on most will depend on the learning needs of the students. You are strongly advised to do Part A and Part B to ensure you have the best chance of preparing for the qualification course.

• read with good understanding a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
• read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
• summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
• use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve your own writing
• write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
• use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
• acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

More details of the English Language GCSE can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/subject-content.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

achieve some or all of the following:
• have sufficient reading and writing skills to be accepted on a year long English GCSE
• have a level of English to work and study in a range of institutions
• read fluently and respond to a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
• read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
• summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
• use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
• write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
• use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
• acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for learners who wish to progress to an accredited English language GCSE course. You will need to have the English skills at least of functional skills level 1 and will need to complete an initial assessment before being accepted on the course. You should already be reading English fiction and also have some analytical skills. You also need to be able to commit to attendance every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. There is an emphasis on student production and engagement. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will be need to do regular homework and work on gradual improvements. There will be ongoing assessments. Google Classroom will be used to help you do work outside the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a lined A4 writing pads, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments. You will also submit work through Google Classroom so you will need access to a computer. 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).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Successful completion of the course and achieving the appropriate level will mean you can progress to the year long English language GCSE course. There are also a number of other courses you could do either after this or at the same time, including Write with Confidence.

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Course Code: ACP103B

Mon, eve, 24 Feb - 08 Jun '20

Duration: 13 sessions (over 16 weeks)

Full fee: £0.00
Senior fee: £0.00
Concession: £0.00

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