Develop your English skills and gain a key qualification that will enhance your future prospects.
Level: Level 2
Purpose: Improving English Skills
Guided Learning Hours: 120
Duration: 30 weeks (day and evening courses available)
Next Course: 16 September 2020
What are the qualifications about?
You will develop the skills you need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts, covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. You will also learn to write clearly, coherently and accurately, using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
Dynamic and engaging content The specification offers the attraction of two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper. The endorsed unit will draw on good practice to suggest how engaging formative tasks can lead to a single summative assessment.
Who are they for?
If you would like to build on your English skills and pass GCSE English to help with employment or further study, this course is for you.
What do I need?
You should previously have achieved Grade D (3) in GCSE English to apply for this course.
Why choose Ruskin College?
Ruskin is a welcoming and inclusive community, creating the ideal environment for you to further your studies and improve your confidence. Class sizes are small and there is generous support if you need it.
What sorts of things do they cover?
The course will involve:
- Reading and evaluating a wide range of literature and other writing
- Summarising information or ideas from texts
- Use the knowledge gained from your reading to improve your own writing
- Writing effectively and coherently
- Using grammar correctly, and punctuating and spelling accurately
- Acquiring and applying a wide vocabulary
- Understanding grammar and linguistic conventions
How will I learn and be assessed?
GCSE English is assessed by two written exam papers and one assessment of spoken English:
- Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: this looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers.
- Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives: this looks at how different writers present a similar topic over times.
- Assessment of spoken English involves a presentation to a small group on a theme of your choice.
How long do they take?
Guided learning hours
Guided learning hours are the hours you spend learning with your training provider or on your own. The guided learning hours for this qualification are:
Usual course length
Completing the GCSE usually takes:
- 30 weeks
(Day and evening courses are available)
What jobs could they lead to?
You will gain a qualification in a key subject required by many employers, thereby transforming your employment prospects, and is an essential qualification for university study.
What would it cost me?
All our Maths and English courses are FREE as long as you do not have a GCSE qualification grade A*-C in these subjects. Find out more.