What will I learn?
This linear qualification will be awarded for the first time in Summer 2017. We aim to involve you in a range of activities involving the spoken and written word. Students will be encouraged to learn to read fluently and write effectively. Group work and discussions form an important part of the course, as does individual reading and research. A willingness to take part openly and share ideas is essential.
Component 1 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing:
- Reading – understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century.
- Prose Writing – one creative task will be assessed selected from a choice of four titles.
Component 2 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/ Persuasive Writing:
- Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high quality non-fiction, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century.
Component 3 Spoken Language
- One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
How will I be assessed?
Qualifications are reported on a 9-point scale from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade. Results not attaining the minimum standard for the award will be reported as U (unclassified).
Component 1: Reading (20%); Prose Writing task (20%). GCSE weighting: 40%
Component 2: Reading (30%); 2 Writing tasks (30%). GCSE weighting: 60%
Component 3: Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.
Additional Learning Opportunities
You could take part in English trips and other activities.
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is aimed at students who want to improve the grade they obtained at school. It offers the chance to build on the skills gained at Key Stage Four in school.
You will have the skills and knowledge directly for employment or you could progress to Level 3 learning.