When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Daniel Barnes-Bineid
  • Course Code C23EHCC01H
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course prepares you for the AQA English Language GCSE examinations. An English Language GCSE is an essential qualification for anyone wanting to practise reading skills and use these to develop creative and persuasive writing. You will engage with fiction and non-fiction texts and develop your critical thinking across a range of topics. It is one of the key qualifications required by employers and universities and will improve your job and education prospects. More details can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/subject-content.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Read and evaluate a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including fiction and literary non-fiction
  • Use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve your own writing.
  • Write using Standard English appropriately and use grammar and punctuation accurately.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in standard spoken Standard English.

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: GCSE (9-1) in English Language [AQA]

Class format and activities

This is an online plus course. You will need: Internet connection and a computer with microphone and camera, or a tablet/smart phone. The class will be interactive and creative. In the class you will work individually, in pairs, or small groups. You will be expected to complete regular homework. We will use online learning platforms such as Google Classroom and Moodle to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course. You will also receive regular supportive feedback from your teacher. Achievement on your course will be measured by final examinations and a speaking and listening assessment. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course, including mock examinations. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets linked to the learning outcomes and future goals.

Entry requirements

This is an accredited Level 2 GCSE course. You should have native or near-native English language skills and you should already be reading English fiction and non-fiction. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course. Those who do not yet have the required skills will be referred to Functional Skills courses.

What you need to know before you enrol

Excellent attendance and punctuality are required from all students. You will also need to make time to complete work outside the classroom.

What you need

You will need a pen, paper and folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments.

What you can do next

English Language GCSE is usually an entry requirement for higher level courses such as Access to Higher Education programmes, vocational qualifications and university entrance. It is also an essential qualification for many jobs.