Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is for Adult Learners aged 19 or over who do not have an A*- C or 9 - 4  in GCSE English. 

We offer a GCSE English language course designed to inspire and motivate our students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students.

This course will enable you to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly.

AQA 8700 English Language Course

What will I study?

For GCSE English Language students should:

  • Read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • Read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • Summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • Use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

GCSE English Language is designed on the basis that students should read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries


Tuition £0
Fee Remission Yes

Financial Support and Funding

To help with the costs of studying, this course is eligible for:

To check your individual eligibility, please contact us online or telephone 01252 405555.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

What modules are covered?

This course will prepare you for the following scheme of assessment:

How will I be assessed?

Assessment on this course consists of two externally-marked examinations in June. Results will be based on the new 9-1 grading system and some students will also complete a speaking and listening unit where appropriate.

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What Next?

Upon completion, students may progress on to a variety of other programmes within the college or elsewhere; many learners complete GCSE English Language alongside other courses of study.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

If you already have a Functional Skill level 1 qualification, or a grade ‘D’ or ‘3’ from a previous GCSE attempt you will be eligible to enrol on this course.  However, we know that many will not have these qualifications, but this will not prevent you from joining our GCSE Adult courses.

If you do not have the above qualification, you will sit an Initial Assessment to check if this is the right course for you.

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