september, 2018

2018mon10sep(sep 10)6:30 pm2019wed29may(may 29)9:00 pmRegister your interestEnglish GCSE (WJEC)Parkside Community CollegeDay:Monday length of course: 33 weeks


September 10 (Monday) 6:30 pm - May 29 (Wednesday) 9:00 pm


Parkside Community College

Parkside, Cambridge, CB1 1EH

length of course

33 weeks

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NEXT COURSE AVAILABLE: September 2019. Assessment BEFORE placement is essential - please contact the office on either 01223 712340 or to arrange this.


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Course details

Brief Description:

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 June 2019. The course culminates in formal exams: Reading of texts (50%), Creative Writing (20%) and Persuasive/Transactional Writing (20%). It is also necessary to give a presentation or speech. Please follow the link to the specification for the Welsh Board paper here:

You will be given regular homework and you will need to do this homework in order for class work to make sense for you and to prepare for the exams. The course requires you to be organised. 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, including school holidays. (A full schedule of dates will be given on the first session).
Initial 3 weeks: 10th Sept – 24th Sept (inclusive)
Term 1: 1st Oct – 17th Dec (weekly)
Term 2: 7th January – 1st April (weekly)
Term 3: 24th April – 29th May June (weekly)
PLUS SUNDAY 25th Nov / Saturday 12 Jan / Saturday 2nd Feb / Saturday 16th Mar / SUNDAY 19th May
PLUS 17.5 hours online content

GCSE English is expected to take between 120 and 140 hours of study – you will attend classes for 102.5 hours, an additional 17.5 hours will be on-line content and the remaining hours are delivered through set 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.

To gain an ESFA funded place you will need to complete an assessment of eligibility, undertake an initial diagnostic assessment and are required to complete the appropriate enrolment form. Funding is linked to 90% attendance and completion of the set homework tasks. Failure to meet these criteria means that funding is withdrawn and you will be liable for the full cost of the course. During the first three weeks you will be assessed through the lessons and by homework to confirm that a GCSE qualification is attainable. Weekday sessions are 2.5 hours long, Saturdays are 5 hours long.

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. You will be advised of the dates at the beginning of the course – expect to book leave / holiday from work / childcare as needed.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

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. You are required to attend an initial assessment / screening of English levels prior to enrolment on the course – please telephone the office on 01223 712340 to make an appointment.

Access Arrangements for Exams / Learning Difficulties
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 college/tutor with a post-19 report (the most recent one you hold), outlining the specific need and any access arrangements required by the third week of the course.

Learning Outcomes:

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
• Increase confidence when reading and engaging with a range of different texts.

About Your Tutor:

Jen Morgan is a Cambridge graduate and a qualified teacher with 17 years of classroom experience. She also has 12 years of experience as an examiner, for both A Level and GCSE, and including this English GCSE for WJEC.
Jen teaches Functional English for Parkside and Creative Writing for a number of colleges.

For the first session you will need to bring:

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

Examination Fees:

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


Jen MorganI am a Cambridge graduate and a qualified teacher with 17 years of classroom experience. I teach Functional English for Parkside Federation Academies and Creative Writing for a number of colleges. I also have 12 years of experience as an examiner, for both A Level and GCSE, including English GCSE for WJEC.


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