Introduction to English language GCSE

Course Dates: 08/09/22 - 20/10/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE? This short introduction course will prepare you for completing a GCSE involves and show if you are ready for the accredited programme in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability.
You must pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE and take an initial assessment before starting this course.
(Assessments including mock tests will take place in the City Lit building and you need to be able to attend these in person as required).
Click the Start Assessment button on this page. Please log on with your email address (not name) and use Chrome if possible. Or Contact / 020 7492 2511.

At the same time you complete your pre-course assessment, please also complete our pre-course form and tell us more about yourself.

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Course Code: AC10B

Thu, eve, 08 Sep - 20 Oct '22

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course is for anyone who already has a good level of English but wishes to develop this to GCSE level and gain the qualification. You will gain a sense of what studying for a GCSE involves, what the level is, what the course content is, and what approaches you will need to take in order to be successful on the GCSE course.

What will we cover?

This course shows you what you need to do in order to start and successfully complete the AQA English Language GCSE programme
We will cover:
• the content of the English language GCSE programme and give an indication of the types of reading tasks you will do on the GCSE such as evaluating texts critically and make comparisons between them, summarising them
• using your reading to improve your own writing
• writing effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
• developing appropriate study skills to be able to complete an intense GCSE course

More details of the English Language GCSE can be found here:

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

• identify the key elements and demands of the English Language GCSE
•evaluate whether you are ready for the GCSE accreditation and can devote the time and dedication needed to complete it successfully
•show you have the reading skills and abilities to complete the English Language GCSE including analysing, comparing and summarising texts
•show you have the writing skills and abilities to complete the English Language GCSE including using Standard English at the appropriate level
• show you have the study skills needed to complete an intense GCSE course.

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 2 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. You will need to complete and pass this course before being accepted onto the accredited GCSE English Language programme.

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

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of English. You will work on your own and with other students. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

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

The most important thing to bring is your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment! However, you will also 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.

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 accredited English language GCSE course. If the tutor decides you are not ready to progress onto the GCSE English Language course, you will be advised on the next step for you which could include a Functional Skills course or our Getting Ready for English Language GCSE. We also have a number of non-accredited courses you could do before, after or at the same time as this course:
• Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• A mile in my shoes: how to tell a story (level 1-2)
• Develop your English: reading, thinking, discussing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing through grammar (level 1-2)
• Professional communication skills: how to make your writing clear, concise and organised (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: reading, analysing, and comparing data and text (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: effective verbal communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: effective written communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: business writing from memos to storytelling (level 2)

There also many maths, employability and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Maths for life and work (foundation)
• Maths for life and work (level 1)

• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
• Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
• Essential digital skills for work (Level 1).

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