English GCSE (WJEC)

Location Parkside Community College

Day Monday

Start Date 11 September 2017

Time 6.30pm - 8.45pm

Weeks 30 weeks

Price £510 (FUNDED - contact the office to see if you're eligible)

Brief Description:

This is a one year course that will enable you to take the GCSE exam in June 2018. The course culminates in formal exams: Reading of texts (50%), Creative Writing (20%) and Persuasive/Transactional Writing (20%). It is also necessary to give a presentation or speech. Please follow the link to the specification for the Welsh Board paper here: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/wjec-eduqas-gcse-english-lang-spec.pdf

You will be given regular homework and you will need to do this homework in order for class work to make sense for you and to prepare for the exams. The course requires you to be organised. You will need to keep notes, be able to proofread and check writing tasks for errors and to speak in front of others in an assessed environment. Classes are informal, and work very much on a communal basis where all are invited to share their viewpoints and ideas.

This is a challenging exam and you must already be proficient at correctly using punctuation, grammar and spellings.

GCSE English is expected to take between 120 and 140 hours of study – learners will attend classes for 90 hours, the additional 30 – 40 hours is delivered through set homework tasks which will be marked and are a compulsory part of the course. Some learners will need to spend more time self-studying to bring their skills up to the required level.

To gain a funded place learners will need to complete an assessment of eligibility, undertake an initial diagnostic assessment and are required to complete the appropriate enrolment form. Funding is linked to 90% attendance and completion of the set homework tasks. Failure to meet these criteria may mean that funding is withdrawn and the full cost of the course would be due. During the first 5 weeks you will be assessed through the lessons and by homework to confirm that a GCSE qualification is attainable.

Although sessions are offered in the main at 2.25 hours per week (Monday evenings) there will be a number of longer sessions delivered on Saturdays/Sundays during the year – attendance to these is mandatory and counts in the overall % attendance figure. Full dates for the course will be issued at the first session.

PLEASE NOTE: The final GCSE exams will take place in the day. The dates are published by the exam board and all candidates must sit the exam then. Students will be advised of the dates at the beginning of the course. Expect to book leave / holiday from work / childcare as needed.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Candidates should have studied English to Key Stage 3.  This is an ideal course for those wishing to improve on a previous grade too. If you have studied Functional Skills English, you must have completed Level 2. Please speak to the office if you have O-levels / CSEs or qualifications from outside the UK. All learners are required to attend an initial assessment / screening of literacy levels prior to enrolment on the course – please telephone to make an appointment.

Access Arrangements for Exams / Learning Difficulties
The exam board has very specific requirements for those who need access arrangements for exams (additional time, laptops, modified papers). It is the learners’ responsibility to provide the college/tutor with an up to date report (not older than 3 months), outlining the specific need and any access arrangements required.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the 30 week course you will have the opportunity to:
• Take the GCSE Exam in English Language
• Express yourself well when speaking
• Structure and plan your writing effectively
• Read actively and critically, reading for meaning and subtlety
• Increase confidence when reading and engaging with a range of different texts.

About Your Tutor:

Jen Morgan is a Cambridge graduate and a qualified teacher with 17 years of classroom experience. She also has 11 years of experience as an examiner, for both A Level and GCSE, and including this English GCSE for WJEC. Jen teaches Functional English for Parkside and Creative Writing for a number of colleges.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Pens, pencils, highlighters, A4 lined paper and a ring binder

Examination Fees:

Examination costs will be included in the cost of the course.



  • For full course information: http://adult-education.parksidefederation.org.uk/
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*50p charge), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold / are in receipt of a means tested benefit. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or learnandtrain@parksidefederation.org.uk. If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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