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English GCSE at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Course description

All students are prepared for AQA GCSE examinations in English and English Literature. Assessment for the final award is made through a combination of written examinations, a coursework folder together with a teacher assessment of speaking and listening skills. Students study a wide range of texts for the two qualifications and the skills of writing accurately and appropriately for different audiences are emphasised. Students are encouraged to extend their interest in English by entering a variety of competitions at local and national level. The College is fortunate to have received talks from authors and actors. Theatre workshops are offered to foster response to Shakespeare. Our close partnership with the Library has led to an active book club and participation in the annual Readathon sponsored event. In 2001 the English department was appointed a Consultant Department for Cambridgeshire. This has involved members of the team leading training sessions on issues linked to the National Literacy Strategy and hosting visits for other teachers to observe our lessons.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in English or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to English such as a Teacher, Journalist or Editor. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Harry Smith Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years