You will study short stories as well as articles from newspapers in addition to writing your own pieces. We will approach this through looking at specific topics which we think will interest you such as Crime and Punishment, War and Childhood. If you've done your Speaking and Listening before at school, you won't have to do it again.
There are two exams, both of which involve Reading and Writing. The first one asks you to answer questions on a passage from a story as well as writing your own narrative. The second one also has a set of questions but this time it is on two articles, one of which is from the past. In addition, you have to complete two pieces of writing such as an email or letter. In class, we are basically working on your skills to ensure you can do these four tasks really well.
English Language graduates develop a wide range of skills that are valuable to graduate employers including: how to argue a point, how to think independently, to summarise and précis, to write and speak well, to write reports, to present information eﬀectively and to work as part of a team. For students progressing into Higher Education and most employment opportunities will require a minimum of a grade 4 in English.
You can, especially now the paper is not split into Higher and Foundation. The sky (or, more accurately, 9) is the limit!.
If you have taken GCSE English before, we expect you to have a 3. If you got an 2 or lower, you should do the Functional skills course initially where you should have a better chance of passing. If you have not taken the course before, we will assess you at the start to find the right course for you.
There is some but we try to get as much as your work done in class. We have two 90 minute sessions per week so have plenty of time to get through the course.
You can’t at the college. We only offer English Language (although you do get to work on a play for part of the year).