This intensive 30-week GCSE English Language (8700) course follows the syllabus offered by AQA , with three main areas of focus:
- Exam Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
- Exam Paper 2: Writer's viewpoints and perspectives
- Non-exam assessment: Spoken language
On the course you will:
- Read and analyse a wide variety of fiction text in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers.
- Produce your own pieces of creative writing.
- Read and understand a range of non-fiction texts, identifying the writers' crafts and transferring these skills into your own writing for a range of audiences and purposes.
- Develop insights into how writers have particular viewpoints and perspectives on issues or themes that are important to the way we think and live our lives.
- Develop technical accuracy through correct use of grammar and accurate use of spelling and punctuation.
- Learn how to present and listen to information and respond to the questions and views of others.
- Plan and deliver a short talk using Spoken Standard English.
Please note that even though some courses are offered online, you must be able to travel to the Poole/Bournemouth area for the formal GCSE examinations in May/June.
You will learn through a variety of activities including tutor demonstration, presentation and guidance, individual and group work, discussion, internet research, films and recordings, reading of various types of text in a variety of media and written pieces and assignments. You will be supported to develop good study skills and where relevant, your learning will enable you to develop skills and knowledge required for work. There are regular assessments throughout the course designed to provide feedback on your progress, as well as final exams. This is an intense course and significant home study will be essential to successfully complete this course. Homework will be regularly set and you will be expected to complete this in order to retain your place on the course.
This course leads to a GCSE English Language qualification, and the cost of it is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary assessments or exams by the given deadlines. For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to www.aqa.org.uk. Learners will be awarded a grade from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest.