Study Type
Part Time
Study Level
Level 2
Start Date:
20 weeks

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

This 20 week ‘Fast Track’ GCSE programme is suitable for those who require a GCSE in English at grade 4 and who already have a solid foundation of English which can be built upon in order to achieve a successful outcome in the GCSE exams.

You will be required to complete an entry test to a high standard to assess your suitability for the course and to identify skills gaps.

GCSE English is suitable for students who wish to progress to further study such as Access to Higher Education, or for those who plan to study at degree level, as the great majority of universities now expect applicants to have a good GCSEs in this subject. Good levels of English skills are also extremely valuable when seeking employment.

If you are not sure about the suitability of this course, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.

Who the course is for

Anyone who already has a solid foundation of English but would like to improve this further.

Good English skills can be life enhancing, improve your job prospects and support your studies if you are planning to continue into further education.

What you will learn

This course will encourage candidates to develop:

Understanding of the spoken word and the ability to express themselves effectively in a variety of contexts, such as giving and asking for information and taking part in debates.

The ability to read, understand and respond to a variety of writing and the ability to describe, explain and argue with clarity and precision.

How you will learn

Our weekly 3-hour January start GCSE English class is held on a Thursday evening 1730-2030 on site at the college.

You will have access to a variety of resources outside of the classroom and you will be expected to undertake considerable self-study in order to prepare for the May/June GCSE exams.

Attendance to all sessions is essential.

You will sit two exams which are externally assessed by Edexcel (Pearson) at the end of the course in May/June. Results for these exams will be issued in August.

Work placement
A grade 4 or above in GCSE English is a requirement for most level 3 courses, ACCESS to Higher Education. It is also part of the entry criteria for the great majority of university courses, including nursing and social work. It can also help to improve job prospects as most employers require grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.
The course is free for anyone who has not yet achieved a Grade 4 (C) or above.
Qualifications you will get
GCSE English

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