English Language GCSE Resit at Cirencester College
The new GCSE course in English Language will involve both writing and reading. You will have to write stories, descriptive pieces, letters and newspaper articles. In addition, you will read extracts both from stories and journalism, some of which will be from the past. The aim of the course is to help you to improve your ability to express yourself accurately both on paper and orally as well as to understand a variety of texts. The new grading system runs from 9 to 1 (with 9 the top) and we will be aiming to get everyone to at least a grade 4. The Speaking and Listening element is marked separately.
The course we teach is a very varied one that allows you to develop a range of crucial skills. There are two exams, both of which involve reading and writing. You will have to answer a set of questions on a passage. On the second paper, one of them is from the past but they choose ones that aren’t too difficult to understand. The questions tests your understanding but also your awareness of how the pieces are written. The writing tasks involve writing a story – you are just given a title or an opening line – as well as writing something more formal such as a newspaper article or a report. There’s no coursework at all so we have plenty of time to help you improve not only your accuracy (spelling and grammar) but also your confidence in expressing yourself on paper. We do lots of writing in class but you often have a choice of what you want to write. You also do some Speaking and Listening but it is not very formal (you won’t have to do a talk to a big group!) and the mark is given separately. The new system of grading goes from 9 (which is the top) to 1 and we are keen to ensure that everyone gets to at least a 4 (which is the equivalent of a C at present). Finally, it should be stressed that, as a department, we are really keen to help all students improve their grade and believe that, with a little bit of work and a lot of support from us, everyone can do this!
English GCSE is a crucial qualification for all and will open up all sorts of opportunities for you.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.