september, 2023

2023thu21sep(sep 21)6:00 pm2024thu06jun(jun 6)8:30 pmEnglish GCSE (Evening)Funded one year English GCSE Language - AQAColeridge Community CollegeDay:Thursday length of course: 30 evenings plus 5 Saturdays

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September 21 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - June 6 (Thursday) 8:30 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

30 evenings plus 5 Saturdays


Course details

Do you need to update your CV? Did you not achieve your English qualification through school? Are you 19 years old or over?
This is a one year course that will enable you to take the GCSE exam in May/June 2024 (Dates TBC by exam board).
The exams consist of two papers, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing and Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. Both are worth 50%. There is also a non-examination assessment in spoken language.
It is also necessary to give a presentation or speech.
The funding is given to enable you to gain a grade 4 or above, within one academic year (equivalent to the old C grade). There is no tier for English GCSE so all grades are available.
This course starts in September 2023. Day and Time: Thursday 6.00 – 8.30 pm. Venue: Coleridge Community College.

Each week regular homework will be given which is directly linked to the class session and completion of this will enable you to make sense of the class work and for you to prepare for the exams. Good organisation will help you to get the most from the course. You will need to keep notes, be able to proofread and check writing tasks for errors and to speak in front of others in an assessed environment. Classes are informal and work very much on a communal basis where all are invited to share their viewpoints and ideas.
This is a challenging exam, and you must already be proficient at correctly using punctuation, grammar and spellings.
The course runs the whole year. Weekday sessions are 2.5 hours long, Saturdays are 5 hours long; attendance in the evening and on the allocated Saturdays is mandatory. There will be (up to) thirty evening sessions and five Saturdays.
A full schedule of confirmed dates will be given on the first session; we will do our best not to change any dates, but this occasionally happens due to unforeseen circumstances.
Saturday dates: 14th October 2023, 2nd December 2023, 10th February 2024, 23rd March 2024, 18th May 2024.
PLUS 20 hours mandatory online content
GCSE English is expected to take between 120 and 140 hours of study – you will attend taught classes for 100 hours, face to face in centre and complete an additional 20 hours mandatory on-line/homework tasks which will be marked and are a compulsory part of the course.
Some of you will need to spend more time self-studying to bring your skills up to the required level.
The course is fully funded by Cambridgeshire Skills – full attendance is required. You will complete an enrolment form, so that funding can be applied for; you will also need to provide your National Insurance number and show a form of photographic ID (passport, driving licence etc.). Failure to meet these criteria means that funding is withdrawn and you will be liable for the full cost of the course.
PLEASE NOTE: The final GCSE exams will take place during the day at Coleridge Community College. The dates are published by the exam board and all candidates must sit the exam then – expect to book leave / holiday from work / childcare as needed for the exam dates. Provisional dates are: Thursday 23/5/24 (morning) and Thursday 6/6/24 (morning). These will be confirmed by the exam board in due course.


Candidates should have studied English to Functional Skills Level 2 or have a recent GCSE Grade D (or equivalent). Please speak to the office if you have O-levels / CSEs or qualifications from outside the UK. All learners are required to complete an initial assessment / screening of English levels prior to enrolment on the course – please telephone the office on 01223 712340 to make an appointment.
If the assessor feels this course is not suitable in the initial assessment period they will signpost learners to alternative, more appropriate courses.


The exam board has very specific requirements for those who need access arrangements for exams (additional time, laptops, modified papers). It is your responsibility to provide the relevant supporting documents to the office if you require additional time or access arrangements for exams. Please note such arrangements are only granted for 3 years (by JCQ), and those granted by universities are not valid for GCSE exams.


By the end of the whole year course you will have the opportunity to:
• Take the GCSE Exam in English Language
• Express yourself well when speaking
• Structure and plan your writing effectively
• Read actively and critically, reading for meaning and subtlety


Pens, pencils, highlighters, A4 lined paper and a ring binder


Examination costs will be included in the cost of the course.




Please email or call the office on 01223 712340


Emma MillerEmma Miller is a Media Studies graduate and has just completed an MA in Criminology. She is a feminist theorist whose areas of expertise are in trafficking, terrorism and violent crime. Emma has 12 years of experience teaching in the adult education sector.

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