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English Language GCSE at NewVIc

Course description

GCSE English Language is a fundamental requirement for all jobs and university courses. A good understanding of the English Language will help you to get the qualifications for the job that you want. This is an intensive programme for those who are re-taking the GCSE course to achieve a 9-5 grade.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • improving your ability to write in different styles and formats in standard English
  • broadening your understanding of the texts on the course
  • developing your writing skills, through the use of specially designed interactive materials

On the course you will:

  • read and understand a range of texts, identifying the writers’ crafts and transferring these skills into your own writing for a range of genres, audiences and purposes
  • present and listen to information and ideas, as well as respond to questions and views of others, adapting speech appropriately to context and audience
  • make a range of effective contributions, using creative approaches to exploring questions, solving problems and developing ideas

Entry requirements

A grade 4 (or equivalent) in GCSE English Language.


This course involves both oral and written work, and you will be assessed on both of these elements. You will also be required to sit four controlled assessments and a final exam during the year.

Further information

This is an intensive course, so you will be required to work hard throughout the year. We expect a high level of attendance and you will therefore be asked to sign a GCSE learning contract at the beginning of the year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NewVIc directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.