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English - IGCSE at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

You will tackle this course from the angle of being in a sixth from college and the materials that you study will be geared towards your age group. You will follow the AQA certificate (I-GCSE) syllabus. Although you will be developing the same kinds of skills as on your school English course, we hope the materials we use and some of our approaches will be a little different.

Course content

This is a one year course specially designed for those of you wishing to improve on your previous grade at GCSE English.  During the year you will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a variety of activities and by studying a range of materials, both literary and non-literary, fiction and non-fiction.

Entry requirements

You should have a good general education such as GCSE grades mainly at D standard. If you have lower grades or you have not had the opportunity to sit GCSE English before please discuss this at your initial college interview, as the Functional Skills course may be the recommended option.


Assessment will be by examinations that will take place at the end of the year.  As well as this you will also need to undertake speaking and listening tasks which will be moderated by your teacher and will involve: presenting, responding to questions and use of standard English. Reading and writing skills do, however, represent the core of the qualification and exam practice is an integral part of the course throughout the year.

The first examination is named ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’.  It is a 1 hour and 45 minutes exam and makes up 50% of your final grade.  This consists of:

  • Reading – An extract from an unseen literature fiction text exploring how meaning is communicated. (25%) 
  • Writing – A descriptive or narrative writing task. (25%)

The second examination is named ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’.  It is also a 1 hour and 45 minutes long exam and makes up 50% of your final grade.  This consists of:

  • Reading – An extract from one unseen non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text exploring how meaning is communicated. (25%)
  • Writing – Writing to present a viewpoint. (25%)

Financial information

There are no additional costs unless you decide to opt for a November resit, when you will be expected to pay the full resit fees. You should only consider retaking English if you were predicted a C but only achieved a D and your previous oral and written coursework was awarded a Grade C. If you are able to re–sit, your previous coursework marks are automatically carried forward and you will take exam papers set by whichever Board you entered last summer.

Future opportunities

Obtaining a grade C will enable progression to a broad range of AS level courses, the majority of which insist on an English GCSE qualification of at least a grade C GCSE. English is an important qualification for progression into a wide range of careers and Further and Higher Education courses.

The achievement of a Grade C or above is evidence of your ability to communicate orally and in writing with confidence and effectiveness

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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