GCSE English Language

Course codes: OSC1346 / OSC1347
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A GCSE in English Language is a basic requirement for most employers and education institutes. Study towards the qualification from the comfort of your own home. All course materials and exam fees are included.

  • Learn how to communicate clearly through effective speech and writing
  • Develop your analytical skills, your ability to apply communication skills and the knowledge to present opinions successfully
  • Discover your personal style and adapt to the audience that is being addressed
  • Achieve a recognised qualification for further studies in English at A-Level and BTEC Level
  • Add on exams and we will book these for you
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Course Overview

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in English language, the GCSE English course is ideal for students aspiring to achieve a career involving English such as journalism, copywriting, teaching or editing.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in English Language (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper-based exams and a spoken language assessment.

Course Content

Note: This course contains a practical speaking assessment as well as written exams.

  • Common errors
  • Punctuation, rules and conventions
  • Spelling
  • Nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs
  • Sentence structure
  • Paragraphing
  • Literature fiction texts
  • Planning your writing
  • Descriptive writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Exploring different styles of writing
  • Language
  • Summary writing
  • Choosing a topic
  • Presentation techniques
  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Tips for the exam
Extra Info

Assessment

To achieve a GCSE in English Language you will be assessed across all units. The examination fees can be added to the cost of this course. Please note that if you add on the examinations, they are held at a centre in Birmingham. You must be able to travel to this location.

There are 2 paper-based examinations and a spoken language assessment. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will have 1 year to complete the full GCSE English Language course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time. Your only deadlines are the exams held each year, which can be when you are ready.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an GCSE in English Language by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent online or by post, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the exams and coursework, you will receive a GCSE in English Language. The awarding body is AQA.

Exam details

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What’s assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing

Assessment

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks / 25% – one single text)

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

What’s assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • writing to present a viewpoint

Assessment

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks / 25% – two linked texts)

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Non-Examination Assessment: Spoken Language

What’s assessed

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of standard English
Q&As

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE TOTUM card (formerly NUS)
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College Pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner*
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. The exam fees can be included in the cost of this course.

If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book these and pay for them separately.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

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