English GCSE Adult Evening

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Course Overview

This is a very fast paced, intensive course for 19+yrs adults who have not previously achieved an A* – C grade (or level 9-4) in GCSE English. This course is not intended to achieve a duplicate GCSE at a grade higher if you already have achieved a grade A* – C (or level 4).
This is an evening class on Monday evening (5.45pm to 8.45pm) at Abbey Park Campus.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will learn to develop your reading, writing and communication skills. You will read a wide range of extracts from 19th century fiction and 20th and 21st century non-fiction texts, and develop the skills to critically analyse, evaluate and make comparisons between texts. For writing, you will explore the language and style of a variety of text types, including imaginative writing, letters, articles, reports and travel writing. You will also develop the skills to present a short topic to the class. Please see the specification for Edexcel GCSE English Language (9-1) for further details.
When you enrol, we will provide you with details of the books you will need to buy.

Entry Requirements

You cannot have previously achieved an A* – C grade (or level 4) at GCSE English.
You should be confident with your reading and writing skills and ideally have achieved a Grade D (3) or Functional Skills English qualification at Level 2. The main entry requirement for the course is the successful completion of a pre-entry assessment (duration 1 hour) which will test whether you have the appropriate English skills to be successful on the course. These pre-entry assessments will begin during part-time enrolment in August (dates to be confirmed), please come in during the part-time enrolment period (23rd August to the 1st September) or contact the Science and Humanities department for more details.
You must be able to attend every session of the course, as well as completing at least three hours of independent study every week.

How you will be assessed

There are two exams, with a reading and a writing section in each. Paper 1: 19th Century Fiction and imaginative writing. Paper 2: 20th and 21st Century Non-Fiction and transactional (non-fiction) writing. The reading sections of the papers will contain extracts of texts that you will not have seen before. You will also need to complete an assessment of speaking and listening skills, usually through a 10 minute presentation.
In addition, there will be regular homework tasks and three internal assessment points (mock exams) during the year.
The exams will be in early June on dates set nationally and will be held at one of the main college campuses.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00

Additional Costs

Stationery and textbooks (TBC)
There will be a £10 material fee for this course.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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What Happens Next

You need to come in during part-time enrolment to complete a part-time application, book in for a pre-entry assessment and discuss with the tutors whether the course is the right one for you.

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