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English (GCSE) course timetables

Brief description

1 year English GCSE Course

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People who are confident with English that need to consolidate learning and work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

If you have been out of learning or work for some time then this could be just the course for you.

We welcome people from all parts of our community with the intention of offering an opportunity for people to improve their health and well being by being part of a friendly learning environment.

Course description in brief

Course content follows the GCSE curriculum

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Improved reading, writing and presentation skills.
    Gained a nationally recognised qualification

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

Individuals need to have an assessment to establish their existing skill level and suitability for the course. It is recommended that students attend the Pre GCSE course in preparation.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Course materials will be provided. Also opportunity to access on line learning and purchase text books.

What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

There are lessons each week in term time. Students will get the chance to work individually and in small groups as part of the sessions. There is also the opportunity to have extra one to one support.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To attend all classes and complete individual learning plan.
Commitment to completing homework each week.
Complete the course and take exams.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Each student will be assessed and work from their own strengths, at their own pace in a supportive teaching environment. Course covers all aspects of the national curriculum including analysis of texts, creative writing and critical reading skills. Progress will be recorded on your Individual Learning Plan. There are exams at the end of the course

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

This is a nationally recognised qualification that is often an entry requirement for jobs, university courses or apprenticeships

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum manager
At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
110 3 Wednesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 16 Oct 2019 to 17 Jun 2020 (28 Sessions) £12 Membership Fee payable plus £50 deposit
111 3 Wednesday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 11 Sep 2019 to 17 Jun 2020 (32 Sessions) £12 Membership Fee payable plus £50 deposit

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.