GCSE English Language
At a glance
You will be inspired, moved and challenged by following a worthwhile course of study.
You will develop your ability to use English as an active and informed citizen and be able to speak, listen, read and write fluently, appropriately, effectively and critically - for a wide range of personal, functional and social purposes.
Be expected to respond to a wide range of written texts, including challenging and dynamic texts.
You can study GCSE English in conjunction with your main programme of study, or it can be studied part-time as an evening class.
The course will provide you with the confidence to be able to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.
The GCSE English language course will also allow you to further develop your understanding in English and allow you to transfer the skills that you have developed, across your learning programme as a whole.
The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop oracy and reading and writing skills through exposure to a range of tasks.
You will learn how to present information and select and organise information and ideas effectively and persuasively, respond, reflect and analyse a wide range of written texts as well as producing clear and coherent written texts.
The majority of universities and employers are now insisting that learners and employees demonstrate a good grasp of literacy and obtaining a GCSE in English will allow you to widen your career and study options.
Completion of the GCSE English course will prepare you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. It will have an emphasis on those aspects of English required for progression into further study or employment routes.
The qualification is made up of two equally weighted externally assessed units, and one internally assessed unit. The two externally assessed units tests which are reading and writing skills (worth 80%), whilst the internally assessed unit tests oracy skills (worth 20%).
1 Year GCSE English - grade D or above
1 Year English Language development course (Agored Cymru qualification) -GCSE English Language at grade E or above.
An entry test is available for students who have no evidence of previous qualifications.
Learners under 19 years of age are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.
All other learners are required to pay the GCSE course fee of £122 prior to enrolment.
You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.
As the course is taught online, access to a PC, laptop or tablet and internet connection are essential.