September 9 (Monday) 6:30 pm - June 1 (Monday) 9:00 pm
Parkside Community College
Parkside, Cambridge, CB1 1EH
length of course
34 evenings, plus 5 Saturdays, plus 20 hours online
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
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 2020. The course is assessed via two final exams, which cover: 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: https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/
Please note: as with all new-style GCSEs, grades A* – U have been replaced with levels 9 – 1. There is no tier for English GCSE so all grades are available. A Level 4 is a ‘standard pass’ (equivalent to the old grade C); a level 5 is a ‘good pass’.
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, including school holidays.
(A full schedule of confirmed dates will be given on the first session).
Initial 2 weeks: 9th Sept – 16th Sept (inclusive)
Term 1: 23rd Sept – 16th Dec (13 weeks)
Term 2: 6th January – 30th March (13 weeks)
Term 3: 20th April – 1st June (6 weeks)
PLUS – FIVE SATURDAYs: 30th Nov / 11th Jan / 8th Feb / 28th Mar / 16th May
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 105 hours, and complete an additional 20 hours mandatory 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. It is vital that you can access the
internet (with sound) regularly in order to access your learning materials. 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 on-line content and 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 two 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 – the provisional exam board timetable states Tuesday June 2nd and Friday June 5th 2020. Dates will be confirmed 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 inform us at your initial assessment. Failure to do this may delay the application with the exam board (please note such arrangements are only granted for 3 years).
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.
For the first session you will need to bring:
Pens, pencils, highlighters, A4 lined paper and a ring binder
Examination costs will be included in the cost of the course.
TO BOOK YOUR PLACE
£730/Funded – Please contact the office on 01223 712340 to book an initial assessment/discuss funding criteria.
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.