GCSE English Language

Course Overview

ALL PART TIME GCSE ENGLISH and MATHS CLASSES ARE ONLINE THIS YEAR

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 September 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

Tips for homeworking
Please make sure your device(s) are charged and that your wifi signal is good. A place to sit where you can avoid distractions would also be beneficial to your learning.

To access online learning, you will need to click here - this takes you through to the Staff / Student Portal

You will also need your:
User Name i.e: ABC12345789@stu.gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk
Password (which has been sent to learners via text)

If you are new to the College, you will get a text message with your new username and password to access your online GCSE course. If you did a course with us in 2019-20, please use your log in details from last year. If you have forgotten your password, please contact library@gcs.ac.uk 

After you have enrolled you will need to follow the instructions to join the classes via Teams which can be found here:

GCSE English: 
https://moodle.gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2502  

EnglishMatters:  
https://moodle.gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2503

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 or elizabeth.wayt@gcs.ac.uk

 

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

Detailed Course Information

Where and when can I study?

Start Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 | Course Code: GA098 PTC | Cost: £135

Level 2   Wed   3.30-5.30pm   30 weeks   Tycoch  

This course has already started, however you may be able to enrol on it if there is availability. Call 01792 284000 to enquire for availability.

Start Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 | Course Code: GA098 ETD | Cost: £135

Level 2   Thu   6-8.30pm   30 weeks   Tycoch  

This course has already started, however you may be able to enrol on it if there is availability. Call 01792 284000 to enquire for availability.

Start Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020 | Course Code: GA098 ETB | Cost: £135

Level 2   Tue   5.30-8.30pm   24 weeks   Tycoch  

Enrol on this course