English is invaluable for your future no matter what you are aiming for. A good command of the spoken and written word will help you every day and benefit all your other GCSEs too. Whatever you end up doing, English is a must have subject for college, university, work and life.
From Architecture to Zoology, GCSE English will help you to:
•Communicate your ideas with confidence
Barnsley College offers you the opportunity to choose between a mixture of classroom based and online attendance , or completely online study. This can be discussed at your initial assessment. Assessments and enrolment will take place on a Monday (term time only) between 1pm -5pm
There may still be a possibility to enrol to the GCSE programme providing you have a strong outcome from your BKSB Assessment.
You will study the following areas:
- Effective communication through speaking and listening
- The ability to read with insight, distinguish between fact and opinion, follow an argument and understand how writers use language to achieve effect
- The ability to organise your ideas and to communicate clearly through writing
- The use of accurate spelling and punctuation
You can view AQA course specifications by clicking on the link below;
The new specification of GCSE English has no coursework element. There are two exams at the end of the course.
You must be able to attend the exams on the days given to you as they are fixed dates for all GCSE exams across the country.
There is a separate Speaking and Listening component to the course which is assessed in class and does not count towards your overall 1 – 9 grade. A separate grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is given for this element of the course.
Students are normally expected to have achieved grade D/3 in GCSE
You will take an assessment to determine your suitability for the GCSE Programme. If you are not ready for GCSE you will undertake the functional skills qualification