The online GCSE English Language course offers you flexibility. You can study at times that are convenient for you, as long as you stick to the weekly course calendar. You need to be disciplined and motivated in your approach in order to keep to the deadlines and achieve success in your exams. You are expected to do a substantial amount of work on your own and need to set aside approximately six study hours per week.
There will be regular tests throughout the course, as well as mock exams in order to assess your progress. You will need access to a PC/Laptop and a printer. You will need to create a Leeds City College Google Chrome account to access the course on Google Classroom, and you will be provided with support to do this. Your tutor will mark your work and feed back to you online and via email.
You will need to attend three mandatory tutorials and these will be discussed with your tutor. You will need to attend college to complete the Spoken Language Endorsement and for the two final externally set exams (June 2020).
The GCSE course is assessed by two externally set exam papers (each 1.45 hours), which are all taken at the Enfield Centre at the end of the course. The Spoken Language Endorsement is a 10 minute discussion or presentation, assessed by your tutor under exam conditions.
Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
English spoken language exam that you must attend college for.
The two papers carry equal weighting. The final grade awarded is based on the overall mark gained.
Students need to be able to attend the exams (two exam dates) which are not flexible at all and are during the day, at our designated Leeds site.
We expect students to have a grade 2 in GCSE English or Level 2 Functional Skills English. Adults with no previous qualifications in English are also welcome to apply.
We require all applicants to complete an online application form, an initial assessment, diagnostics and a short interview. All applicants will also need to attend Leeds City College to enrol so that we can assess whether the course is suitable. We may advise studying Functional English first, if appropriate, before progressing to GCSE English.
We also require you to have the following:
- Be aged 19+
- Have adequate study time (at least six hours per week) for the duration of the course
- Have regular access at home and/or work to a reliable computer, laptop or tablet with internet connection and a printer
- Good IT skills and confidence in the use of technology
- Attend a mandatory induction (Google Classroom)
- Manage electronic files
- Upload and/or download an electronic file
- Utilise emails
After successfully completing your course you will have the confidence to be a critical reader and to write for given purposes and audiences.
You will be able to progress on to other higher learning courses, contact us for more information.
A good GCSE grade in English is a prerequisite for many jobs and many higher education courses.