🚧 NSCG | Step up to GCSE English
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Course overview

During the intensive 72 hour Edexcel (9-1) GCSE in English Language courses, you will develop English skills which are fit for the modern world. In addition, you will gain more confidence towards English and the course will help you to progress through GCSE English Language at a level appropriate to your individual starting point. The course is designed around 3 components:
• Fiction and Imaginative Writing
• Non-fiction and Transactional Writing
• Spoken Language Endorsement

Throughout the course, you will read a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century text to support the GCSE components. Your tutor will help you to become more confident at reading, and you will use these skills to analyse the exam text. Furthermore, you will gain a sound knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation and effectively use grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

Your tutor will support you throughout your journey on the GCSE course, but it is important you have a real commitment to achieving the qualification. Whilst studying you will be expected to attend weekly 3 hour lessons and complete an additional 4 hours of weekly self-study learning through homework and online resources made available to you by your tutor. You will be required to attend 2 formal exams which will take place at the end of May and beginning of June, the exact dates will be communicated to you when you start your course.

What else do I need to know?

Please note that courses run subject to minimum viable class sizes. Please note there may be additional costs for books, materials or other expenses.

What are the entry requirements?

For the Step up to GCSE English course, there are no formal entry requirement. However, it is important you have a good level of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Your existing English Language skills will be assessed through a variety of assessments within the GCSE English Introductory course prior to starting. The assessments will include an interview, online initial assessment and written baseline assessment.

For the duration of the first 7 weeks, you are enrolled on an intro to GCSE English and will be taught the essential skills to help you progress on to the main GCSE qualification. At the end of the 7 weeks, you will complete a progress assessment and receive a 1 to 1 with your tutor to discuss which qualification is suitable to support your needs and aspirations.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by 2 externally set examinations at the end of May and beginning of June 2021. In addition you will be internally assessed every 5 weeks through in class controlled assessments with your tutor to monitor your progress. Feedback and actions will be provided after each assessment, with resources available to further develop your weaker skills.

What financial support is on offer?

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group is pleased to be able to offer financial support to help students meet the costs of attending College.
If you are on state benefits or are on a low income you may be entitled to fee remission towards your course. *This is at the Colleges discretion.

What can I do next?

Successful students may wish to pursue further study at the College.

How do I find out more?

For further information, please contact Joanne Petitt on 01782 254289.

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