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English GCSE at Valentines High School

Course description

The course is intended for students who have not yet achieved a Grade C in GCSE English.

Course content

The aims of the course are to improve literacy skills, to develop a variety of styles of writing and to encourage responses to literary and non-literary reading. Students should be prepared to contribute fully to discussions and presentations, and completing work and revising at home is vital to their achieving the C grade.

Entry requirements

Grade D in English GCSE.


At present students complete the iGCSE which is one piece of research leading to an essay (50%), a speaking and listening assessment (10%) and an exam (40%). However, with the new specification GCSEs that have been bought in, it is likely that in 2017 students will have to complete a 100% exam based course. This will probably be two exams sat in June that will account for the grade they receive.

Future opportunities

GCSE English is a very important qualification for all students to gain. Most employers and colleges of further education expect students to have gained a GCSE pass, preferably at Grade C or above. It is useful in the study of many other subjects and some A Level courses require a good pass in English GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September