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English (GCSE) course timetables

Brief description

1 year English GCSE course.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anybody who needs a grade C English GCSE

Course description in brief

The course consists of two parts: reading and writing.For the reading section you will read and analyse a Shakespeare play, a novel and a selection of poetry. The key focus will always be on what makes these texts examples of good writing. For the writing section you will be asked to produce factual and creative texts.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    The key features of good writing. You should be able to demonstrate this knowledge by commenting on the features used by other writers, and by employing those features in your own writing.

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

You will need a good grasp of basic grammar and punctuation (eg knowing where the full stops go).Ideally you should have completed a level 1 English/ literacy qualification

What equipment will I need for the course?

Nothing needed but you might want to buy course books

What materials will I need for the course?

No but you may wish to buy course books (£15 approx).

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

We will watch the chosen Shakespeare play in the first term and prepare for controlled assessment. We will also start the novel in the first term and complete early second term. There will be lots of discussion of the ideas and language features we encounter.There will also be activities to strengthen your writing style.

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

You will need to attend every week and arrive on time. You will also need to do approximately 2 hours homework each week

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

40% controlled assessment done in class; 60% exam in June.

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

GCSE English is a requirement for nearly all universities these days.You might also want to try A level English.

How will I say what I think about the course?

End of course questionnaire.

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
F111 3 Wednesday 1pm – 4pm 26 Sep 2018 to 19 Jun 2019 (30 weeks) One Off £50.00 (funder_code:F)

Course Funding

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

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ 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?

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