English Language GCSE

Course Dates: 29/10/20 - 03/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to engage with fiction and non-fiction? Do you need to improve your writing and critical thinking across a range of topics and themes? An English Language GCSE is an essential qualification for anyone wanting to practise higher-order reading skills and use these to develop fluent and effective writing. It is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities, and will enhance your job and education prospects. This specification will ensure that you can read fluently and write effectively, demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language, and analyse texts.
You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the English Language GCSE (Introduction) course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).
After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AC103

Started Thu, eve, 29 Oct - 03 Jun '21

Duration: 28 sessions (over 32 weeks)

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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 read and be assessed on high-quality, 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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

This course prepares you to pass the AQA English Language GCSE. We will cover how to :

• read fluently and understand 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 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...

• have sufficient reading and writing skills to do well on the English GCSE
• have a level of English to work and study in a range of institutions
• read fluently and respond with good understanding 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 is an accredited GCSE course. It is not for learners who do not want to do a qualification. You need to have English at least at Level 2 Functional skills in order to be able to complete the course in one year. 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 do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the English Language GCSE (Introduction) course. Those who do not yet have the required skills will be referred to the ‘Getting Ready for English Language GCSE’ course or other suitable courses.

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?

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?

An English Language GCSE will often be a requirement for certain jobs. For many other qualifications, it is often an entry requirement. The qualification 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.

We have a number of courses at GCSE level you can do at the same time or after the course.

• AEWPC01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence and organisation (Level 2)
• AEWPR01 Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing, comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)
• AEWPT01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)
• AERP01 Develop your English: reading for pleasure (Level 1-2)

We also run Maths and Digital Skills courses to help you particularly in the workplace.
For more information contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511



Any questions do email: Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or ring 0207 492 2511


Any questions do email: Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or ring 0207 492 2511.

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