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English Language GCSE at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is for students who have not yet achieved Grade 4 in English at GCSE and wish or need to improve their grade either for employment purposes or to move on to a Level 3 programme.

Lessons are interesting and varied; you will work in pairs and in small groups and take part in large group discussions. Teaching methods include answering questions, writing, watching and discussing videos, creating displays, individual work (including the use of IT) and extra-curricular activities. We offer workshops to extend and support your skills, and one-to-one support is also available.

During the course you will practise and prepare the following skills:

1. Reading 19th Century Fiction and Creative Writing (50%)

You will read and respond to one 19th century literary prose extract. You will also write one piece of original creative writing.

2. Reading Literary Prose Texts and Creative Writing. (50%)

You will read and compare two non-fiction texts: one 20th century and one 21st century. One text may be literary non-fiction. You will also write one piece of original transactional writing.

3. Spoken Language (40 marks non-exam assessment)

This component will focus on Speaking and Listening skills. You will present information and ideas in one spoken presentation.


There will be two written exams at the end the course. Skills assessed include reading, comprehension and analysis. Speaking and Listening (Spoken Language) will be included in the course, but will not form part of your overall assessed grade.

Entry requirements

To join the Access to A level pathway, you need overall:

At least 3 Grade 4s in a range of GCSE subjects, with at least a Grade 3 in English and Maths.

To join a Level 2 Applied course you need overall:

At least 4 Grade 3s in a range of GCSE subjects including English.

Students enrolling on courses on the Level 2 Applied Programme who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 in English and/or Maths GCSE must retake these if intending to progress to Level 3.


Further information


Come to open evening on 17h or 18th October 5-9pm.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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