English Language IGCSE (Part-time)
This is a one-year course leading to the nationally recognised GCSE qualification. You will follow the Cambridge IGCSE English – First Language UK syllabus. The course is designed primarily for those for whom English is their first language, and you will develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. You will learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.
This course is for adults only and is not available to those studying at other institutions. To access this course you will need to come to an interview and assessment to help us decide whether this is the appropriate course for you. If English is your second language, you may be advised to take an English as a Second Language qualification instead. You may also be advised to take an assessment for Dyslexia if that is needed.
To advance on to the adult part-time GCSE English course you will need to pass an online BKSB assessment at 65% or over and complete a separate reading and writing exercise. If you are successful you will then be contacted by the tutor with regards to enrolling on to the course.
During the course you will cover topics including:
- Writing in different styles and formats for different purposes
- Skills in grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Reading and analysing a variety of texts
- Verbal skills, both informal and formal, in different situations and for different purposes
You will complete three components:
- A Reading paper of 1 hour 45 minutes or 2 hours (depending on whether you are following the core or extended syllabus as determined by your teacher). This component is worth 40% of your total marks.
- A Directed Writing and Composition paper of 2 hours. This component is worth 40% of your total marks.
- A Speaking and Listening Test of 10-12 minutes. This component is worth 20% of your total marks.
You will be given regular feedback on your work and opportunities to complete mock exams.
Further study and career options
A grade C in GCSE English is often required by employers or for university or professional courses.
It is also almost always an entry requirement for A Levels, and for university or professional courses.
You will have to pay a £20 resources fee on enrolment.