WHY TAKE THIS COURSE? GCSE English Language will help develop your reading, writing and oral communication skills. The course provides the opportunity to study writing techniques and use these to help you develop your own ability to write with clarity and imagination. You will also study spoken language and take part in speaking and listening activities.
WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER? The GCSE contains all of the following elements:
● Writing Skills: two pieces of creative writing taken from tasks set by the exam board.
● Reading Skills: based on studying two of Alan Bennett’s monologues from “Talking Heads”.
● Spoken Language Study: looking at attitudes to language use and multi-modal talk.
● Exam Preparation: for the exam in June which covers understanding and producing non-fiction texts.
WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT? English is a qualification requested and highly regarded by many employers. It is very important for those wishing to go on to study higher-level courses at college and university. It is also for those who wish to pursue a leisure activity leading to an important and nationally recognised qualification.
If you are 16-19 yrs, you can enrol on this course if you have a grade “D” in GCSE English or English Language. If you are 19+ you should either have a grade D GCSE English or English Language or you can request a written assessment from Adult Learner Services by telephoning 624455.
IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE? Yes, an AQA GCSE in English Language. The final exam takes place during the day at Priestley College. You may need to book time off work in order to attend the exam.
● Reading: essay response to a set question on “Talking Heads”.
● Spoken Language Study: written analysis of multi-modal talk.
Speaking and Listening Assessments: 20%
● Three speaking and listening activities.
You will sit one exam of 2 hours plus 15 minutes reading time which will assess your ability to analyse three previously unseen non-fiction texts and write non-fiction texts for two different purposes.