GCSE English Language

Course Overview

If you've previously failed your GCSE English, you might find that you need to re-sit in order to progress to the next stage of your career, or you may want to take your career in a completely new direction.

WJEC GCSE specifications for English language are in place to ensure you can write effectively and read fluently. On completion of the course, you should be able to demonstrate control of standard English, including using ambitious language, analysing and evaluating texts and writing grammatically correct sentences.

The course is designed to prepare you to achieve your GCSE qualification and develop skills to enable access to further education, higher education and employment.

UNIT 1: Oracy (20%)
You will give one individual, researched presentation, based on WJEC set themes. You will also take part in one group discussion on written and/or visual stimuli provided by WJEC to initiate the discussion. Themes and stimulus materials will be given out one week before the assessments, in order to allow you to conduct research. Please note that we are required to record all oral assessments.

UNIT 2: Reading and Writing: Description, Narration and Exposition (40%)
You will sit a two-hour examination paper in June. In Section A of the examination, you will be assessed on your reading skills, through a series of structured questions. This section will also include an editing task. In Section B, you will complete one writing task to be selected from a choice of two. The writing task options will be descriptive, narrative or explanatory. This section will also include one proofreading task. Half of the marks for this section will be awarded for communication and organisation, and the other half for writing accurately.

UNIT 3:  Reading and Writing: Argumentation, Persuasion and Instructional (40%)
You will sit a second two-hour examination paper in June. In Section A of the examination, you will be assessed on your reading skills, through a series of structured questions. In Section B, you will complete one argumentation writing task and one persuasion writing task. Half of the marks for this section will be awarded for communication and organisation, and the other half for writing accurately.

Updated July 2020

Entry Requirements

If English is not your first language, please contact our Llwyn y Bryn site in Uplands on 01792 284021 for an ESOL interview.

For further GCSE enquiries or if you already have - Level 2 ESOL Skills for Life Certificate, Cambridge Advanced, IELTS 5.5 - please bring this with you to enrol or send a clear image of the certificate as proof of your level to: f.neill@gcs.ac.uk

Course Delivery

Following the Government’s guidelines for the management of the spread of COVID-19, we have made adjustments to the GCSE English part-time course. Promises to students joining us in September:

  • The course will run for 2.5 hours per week for 30 weeks
  • You will attend one class per week
  • It is our intention to teach online until the outcome of a review states otherwise, so that we can enable continuous learning to help you  achieve your qualification
  • Online lessons will be delivered ‘live’ and will take place at the same time each week  via Microsoft Teams
  • All course materials will be accessible via Moodle
  • On our return to the classroom, we will adapt to comply with necessary social distancing
  • We will further develop online learning for students who need to shield or self-isolate at any point during their studies

Progression Opportunities

A  C grade or higher in GCSE English Language is a requirement for many Further and Higher Education courses. Most employers also look favourably on applicants who have passed GCSE English Language.

Additional Information

The GCSE English Team is working remotely - please contact us via enquiries@gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk

Venue(s):
Tycoch
Course deliverable in Welsh:
No
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