English

GCSE - 1 Year

Weekly classes will run from September until June.

Wednesdays (6-8.30pm)

at Ruskin College, Ruskin Hall, Dunstan Road, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact us 01865 759798 / enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk

This GCSE course offers you the opportunity to develop your reading, writing and verbal communication to an impressive level. Through studying and discussing both fiction and non-fiction texts, you'll learn how to work independently, think logically, be creative with language and, above all, to communicate your ideas and opinions confidently and with clarity.

The core components are Reading, Writing and Spoken Language.

For the Reading component, you will learn how to interpret, analyse and comment on texts, to compare different writers' ideas and perspectives and evaluate texts critically.

For the Writing component, you will learn to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively. You will learn to adapt your tone and style to suit the purpose of the text and your audience, and to organise your ideas in a coherent way. You will also learn about different types of sentence structure and will develop your spelling, punctuation and grammar to a high standard.

For the Spoken Language component, you will develop the skills and the confidence to present your ideas to an audience and, equally importantly, to listen to the thoughts of others.

If you do not already hold a GCSE graded A-C, this course will be fully funded and no fees will be payable.  

You are entitled to fee remission if you do not have higher education qualifications (Level 4 and above) and are: 

1. Receiving Job seekers Allowance (JSA) including if you are receiving National Insurance Credits only

2. Receiving Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group (WRAG)

3. Receiving Universal credit because you are unemployed and are required to undertake skills training

4. Unemployed and receiving and other state benefits and believe that attending the course will help you enter employment.

You will need to identify which category you fit into and also send photocopied evidence of your benefits. 

Accommodation And Food Costs

If you receive benefits and do not have to pay tuition fees then you do not have to pay for your accommodation and food.  If you do have to pay tuition fees, provided your household income is less than £30,944 then you do not have to pay for your accommodation and food. 

If you do have to pay tuition fees and your household income is more than £30,944 then you will have to pay your accommodation and food. Your accommodation costs will be £39 per night and your meals will cost £19.50 for each day of the course. 

Childcare Support 

If your household income is less than £30,944 then we may be able to provide support with childcare costs whilst you attend the course. 

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to the course but you will need to demonstrate that you are capable of working at GCSE level in English.

To apply for this course please click Apply Now and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at courses@ruskin.ac.uk.

GCSE English is often a prerequisite for acceptance onto programmes of higher education. In addition, it is a valuable qualification in its own right, demonstrating an individual's competence at dealing with language and communication. As such, it is highly regarded by employers and can be a gateway into many rewarding careers.