The majority of industries and employers will require applicants to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (or C grade if achieved before 2017). Therefore, whether you are looking to progress in your chosen career or start on a new path, retaking your English and maths GCSE is an ideal first step.
We offer a GCSE English Language resit course over 32 weeks for those aged 19 and over. This is a part time course consisting of one 2-hour classroom-based session per week with a subject specialist tutor. Students are then expected to engage in self-study outside of the classroom. If you are over the age of 19 and studying a vocational course on a full-time basis, GCSE maths and English can be studied as part of your study programme*.
Our GCSE English language course develops the core skills required to progress levels of literacy. Written skills include composition of both creative and transactional writing and development of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Learners are exposed to a range of varied literary texts and explore the skills of analysis, evaluation and comparison of writer’s methods.
Classroom based study is varied and interesting, including discussion and exploration of text. Final assessment is 2 written examination papers and a spoken language presentation.
For applicants aged 19 and over, an expectation is that you will possess either Level 1 Functional skills, a grade 3 (D) at GCSE or equivalent, as this is a fast track course.
*If you are aged between 16 and 18 years old you will study English and Maths as part of your main full-time study programme. If, when you enrol, you haven’t yet achieved a grade 4 or above in one or both of these subjects, you will be required to attend 2 hours per week of timetabled GCSE classes. Attendance at these classes are mandatory and you will be working towards GCSE resits and increasing your grades. For more information about study programmes please see our qualification and course levels page.
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Applications||Applications for starting in September 2023 are open now|
|Attendance||One 2 hour session per week|
|Fee(s)||19+ Course programme only Free if 9-4 (A* – C) grade not previously achieved|
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