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English Language GCSE Retake at Berkshire College of Agriculture

Course description

Functional Skills is a comprehensive course that looks at the ‘functional’ side of maths and English.  It focuses on providing realistic contexts, scenarios and problems; specific tasks that are relevant to students; problem solving; and the applications of knowledge, skills and understanding for a purpose.  Students will have the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised qualification.  This qualification is aimed at students who have received a GCSE grade F or below, and it is BCA’s mission to use this qualification to help students move towards attaining a GCSE grade C.

BCA also offers all students studying full-time provision the opportunity to re-take GCSE maths and English, providing they have already achieved a D or E grade qualification or Level 2 Functional Skills.  The benefit of re-sitting these subjects is to achieve a GCSE C grade, often preferred by universities and future employers.

Course content

This course is for students who are aspiring to a C grade in GCSE English. It has been specifically designed to suit students who are 16+. You will study more mature texts, be allowed to choose many of your own topics, and revise English skills in a way that suits you. We aim to make the course interesting and enjoyable as well as focussed towards achieving a C grade.

Entry requirements

Grade D or E in GCSE English Language or Literature, or combined GCSE English.


60% controlled assessment, 40% exam. You will complete controlled assessments throughout the year and sit one exam in the Summer.

Future opportunities

Gaining a C grade or above at GCSE English will (along with an equivalent qualification in maths) enable you to progress to a Level 3 vocational course. Depending on your GCSE result, you may choose to progress to an Extended or Higher Project Qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Berkshire College of Agriculture directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2016

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