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English Language GCSE Online
Qualification:
 
Starts:
18/09/2016 
Ends:
04/06/2017 
Weeks:
34 
Days:
Mon 
Study Mode
Part-Time 
Assessment:
Exams and Coursework 
Level:
Area:
Maths, English & Languages 
Course Code:
COGEO1A 
 
Entry Requirements
We expect students progressing from school to have a grade D in GCSE English. Adults with no previous qualifications in English, or a Literacy / Functional English qualification, are welcome to apply. We require all applicants to complete an online application form and an initial assessment so that we can assess whether the course is suitable for them. We may advise studying Functional English first, if appropriate, before progressing to GCSE English.

You also need to have:
  • Adequate study time (at least six hours per week) for the duration of the course
  • Regular access at home and/or work to a reliable computer with Internet connection and a printer
  • Good IT skills and confidence in the use of technology 
  • A personal email account 
  • Students aged 14-16 must have the support of a responsible adult.
 
 

English Language GCSE OnLine

GCSE English is a one-year course beginning in September and ending with the exams in June the following year. You are expected to study for at least six hours each week for the duration of the course.


About the Course

Wherever you study GCSE English Language, the course requirements are the same and consist of

  • Four written coursework assignments (40% of the total mark)
  • Two exams (60% of the total mark)
  • Speaking and Listening coursework.

Government regulations specify that coursework is conducted under supervised conditions, in college.

You belong to an online class with a dedicated tutor who gives you all the support you need in order to succeed. Your tutor contacts you each week and guides you through the materials that you are required to study in order to complete each section. You send your work by email to you tutor, who marks it and returns it with detailed feedback and advice.


Key Units

The course aims to help you to

  • Write confidently and accurately
  • Read and respond to different kinds of writing
  • Take part in three Speaking and Listening coursework assignments
  • Complete pieces of written coursework
  • Take two examinations

During the first half of the course you prepare for four written coursework assignments, which you must complete in college, under supervised conditions. From February onwards you prepare for the two exams, which test your reading and writing skills.



Entry Requirements

We expect students progressing from school to have a grade D in GCSE English. Adults with no previous qualifications in English, or a Literacy / Functional English qualification, are welcome to apply. We require all applicants to complete an online application form and an initial assessment so that we can assess whether the course is suitable for them. We may advise studying Functional English first, if appropriate, before progressing to GCSE English.

You also need to have:

  • Adequate study time (at least six hours per week) for the duration of the course
  • Regular access at home and/or work to a reliable computer with Internet connection and a printer
  • Good IT skills and confidence in the use of technology 
  • A personal email account 
  • Students aged 14-16 must have the support of a responsible adult.


Assessment

Exams and Coursework


In addition to the Speaking & Listening and written coursework assignments, there is a Reading exam and a Writing exam, each lasting one hour, held on the same day at the beginning of June, at The Sheffield College. The exam board only allows students to transfer to another centre in very exceptional circumstances, such as illness or disability.


Where does this Lead

Will the course suit me?

The online GCSE English course is suitable for you if you do not have a grade C, or if you already have a C but need a higher grade, for example, to progress to a higher education course. It is also suitable if you find it difficult to get to a traditional classroom-based course and feel comfortable studying online.

The online GCSE English course offers you flexibility. You can study at times that are convenient for you, as long as you stick to the weekly course calendar and are able to attend Sheffield College three or four times during the course to complete your coursework and take your exams. 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.


Tell Me More

What you will do each week.

Each week your tutor will direct you to work through a particular section of the online resources. The online resources are written to a very high standard. They have been specially designed for this online course and cover everything you need to know to be successful in your studies. They can be accessed through Moodle, which is a learning platform. When you have completed key pieces of work you will send your work to your tutor who will mark it and offer you feedback and advice on how you can improve. For other pieces of work you will be directed to the answers and be able to check your work for yourself. Your tutor will always be there to help you if something is not clear or if you need support.


Online study is not for everyone
You will be working through online materials on your own but with good support from our tutors. We have a better than average success rates for online students.


Those who enjoy it say they do so because 

  • They can learn in their own way
  • They often have excellent relationships with a tutor who guides them through the course materials and explains things to them individually
  • They are free to choose any time in the week to study, so they can fit in study between work, caring for children and other commitments
  • They are very used to using computers and technology and have good access to broadband and relevant software (Word, email etc)


We expect regular study because:

  • For most, gaining a good grade in GCSE in one year demands regular study, including regular practise
  • Sending your work in regularly means that you can put into practice any tips or feedback the tutor may have to offer
  • The relationship with the teacher is at the heart of our course.  Teachers will understand if there are genuine and unforeseen difficulties, and help to guide students through them and to catch up, but cannot be expected to cope with receiving no work for 3 weeks and then 4 weeks work at once

Online study can be an enjoyable and rewarding way to learn and it will also help you improve your online and IT skills.