GCSE English Language

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Course introduction

This course develops your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It will prepare you to use these vital skills in further study, employment and society as a whole. You will be encouraged to become a critical reader of a range of texts. You will demonstrate skills of reading with understanding, and be able to explain how writers use language to achieve particular effects. You will be encouraged to write accurately and fluently, and to demonstrate how you can adapt your writing style and language for a range of different contexts and purposes. You will develop confidence as a speaker and a listener in both individual and group situations. You will speak clearly and purposefully, demonstrating how you can adapt your language to different situations and audiences.



Specific course entry requirements

To study a Level 2 programme you will have achieved a minimum of three grade 3s in your GCSEs, in addition to a grade 3 in English Language (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

100% exam

What will I study?

During the year you will study 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing, 19th and 21st Century Non—Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing, and Spoken Language.

Where will this course lead me?

This course could lead to a Level 3 programme of study or employment.
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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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