Reading, RG1 4HJ
New and returning learners:
Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.
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We are delighted to offer a standalone GCSE English Language course. This course comprises lessons of 3 hours a week plus blended learning through our virtual-learning environment and other online resources.
You will be assessed in three key areas: reading, writing, and speaking and listening. You will also gain the ability to construct and convey meaning in written standard English. You will be tested through a combination of controlled assessments and external exams. We currently offer this qualification through the University of Cambridge International Examinations exam board.
If you do not have a minimum grade of 4 (C) in English at GCSE, then you can study this course for free.
What I'll learn
The course aims to develop your abilities:
- To communicate effectively in speech and writing
- To listen with understanding
- To be enthusiastic responsive and knowledgeable readers.
You will have the opportunity to talk and listen in a variety of contexts read a wide variety of literature non-fiction and media texts.
How I'll learn
You will learn though traditional and e-learning methods.
You will need to be prepared for extra study and spend around three hours per week on studying away from the classroom.
Resources will be provided (both paper-based and e-based).
In some cases, Google Chromebooks will be provided in class, where you can utilise live writing tools such as Google Docs and Google Communities.
How I'll be assessed
Assessment is both within the college and by external exam.
You will be asked to attend an initial assessment with a tutor to identify which course is right for you.
Students need to make a firm commitment to attend for the whole course.
How to Apply
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register for our online service and verify your account
- Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.