English

English

A level and equivalent

English Language

What do people think when they hear your accent? What’s a tablet? Ask Aristotle, then Moses, a doctor, then Steve Jobs. What was a vacuum before it became a vacuum? Why might you not want ketchup on your chips once you find out what the word ‘ketchup’ actually means? Is anyone actually laughing out loud when they’ve typed ‘LOL’? Do women tell lies better than men? All of this and more is explored in the wonderful world of English Language.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

This subject covers a tremendous range of topics – old language, new language, child language, and gendered language, to name just a few. If it has been written, spoken, typed, tweeted, re-tweeted, sent, broadcast, shouted or mumbled, you will study it. We look at how and why language is used in all its forms in the world today and yesterday.


How will I learn?

English Language lessons are an active learning experience, where your opinions, thoughts, ideas and perspectives on the use of language will be asked for and must be expressed out loud. Yes, we teach you to pass exams, but perhaps more importantly we also help you to find your voice.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. In Year 2 you will complete two exams and a coursework folder of 3,500 words on a topic of your choosing.


You need:

Take a look at our prospectus to see our entry requirements and how our study programmes work.


What’s next?

English Literature is a subject that leads into and supports many different careers. Students go on to study a wide range of degrees; a degree in English can lead to careers that are related to the fields of Law, Media, Administration; Publishing; Health Care; Education and the Leisure industry.  Former students have gone on to study a range of degrees at university. David is now at Leeds Trinity University studying Film; Hannah is at York University studying Philosophy and Linguistics; Ryan has gone to Sunderland University to study Journalism and Kerrie went to Northumbria University to study Law.


Reasons to join us:

  • Our English A-Level students have had a 100% pass rate for the last two years.
  • You will have the opportunity to choose your own coursework topic, for instance, your IM chats, the language of gendered differences (or not), how children try to manipulate their parents – the choice is yours!
  • We organise trips and visits to supplement the course as regularly as possible. Previously we have organised trips to see a West End production and Shakespeare on stage and arranged for local journalists to come in and discuss the use of language in the media.

What students say:

“I took English Language because I want to become a primary school teacher and I needed a National Curriculum subject. I’ve really enjoyed the children’s language acquisition topic as it helped me with my university application, I could discuss the ways in which children use language when I went to an open day.”

“The lesions are intense, structured and relaxed – a difficult mix but the teachers manage to keep me on task and I’m not always the best at remaining focused.”


How do I apply/enrol?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

English Literature

If you love literature, this course will give you a great excuse to read to your heart’s content! Then you can indulge yourself by discussing, thinking and writing about what you have read. This course offers something for every avid reader; you will examine great works of English Literature from the Romantic period through to the present day.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2020
Location:  Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

During the course you will read and study eight texts, including Othello, Death of a Salesman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Kite Runner, and a collection of poems by John Keats and William Blake.


How will I learn?

We will explore literature through paired, group and individual tasks, designed to allow you to achieve a detailed understanding and appreciation of the texts. You will learn to research and present topics to small and large groups and write up your research for essay tasks, including choosing two texts for your coursework.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. You will complete your coursework during Year 2 and sit two exams at the end of Year 2.


What kit/uniform do I need?

We will provide you with copies of the texts required. You may want to buy your own copies so that you can annotate them. You will need to equip yourself with stationery items and invest in recommended study guides.


You need:

Take a look at our prospectus to see our entry requirements and how our study programmes work.


What’s next?

English Literature is a subject that leads into and supports many different careers. Students go on to study a wide range of degrees; a degree in English can lead to careers that are related to the fields of Law, Media, Administration; Publishing; Health Care; Education and the Leisure industry.  Former students have gone on to study a range of degrees. Leal is now at Glasgow University doing English literature; both Lily and Eve have gone to Nottingham University: Eve to study English and Creative Writing, Lily to study American Studies and History; Melissa went to Durham to study Law.


Reasons to join us:

  • We get excellent results! We have had an A-level pass rate of 100% for the last two years and for A/S level the last three years.
  • Dedicated teachers who offer lots of support and enrichment, including the opportunity to enter creative writing competitions.
  • We also go on theatre trips and to supplement the course. Previous trips include visits to London to see Dr Faustus, an RSC live screening of Othello in College, trips to Newcastle to see The Kite Runner and Othello and a trip to Liverpool to see Othello.

What students say:

“I left another college after lack of support, I didn’t feel like I was improving, I wanted to get a grade ‘A’. My friend said the English Literature teacher at Bede was really good so I transferred here. The teacher explains clearly how to improve my essays, I can see what I need to do to get a high grade, I’m glad I decided to start again at Bede.”

“The teacher is the best part of the course, she is on your case – but in a good way, I need to be pushed and with her support I hope to get a high grade.”

“I decided to do English Literature at Bede because of the choice of texts which I liked more than those offered at other colleges.  I adore the tragedy texts we studied in the first year but I’ve absolutely enjoyed the social-political texts as I want to go into politics after university.”


How do I apply/enrol?

Head to our website and complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

 

Part time

Online GCSE English

Are you self-disciplined and enjoy using technology to help you learn? Our unique online delivery of GCSE English could be for you. Online tutorials, personal email tuition and videos will support your exploration of the English Language. With no classroom based teaching, you will be required to demonstrate a strong starting point in your initial assessment. There is still a requirement to sit the formal assessments in college.

Course Type: Part-time

Start Date: September 2020

Length: 1 years

Location: Teesdale

Entry Requirements

To complete an initial assessment to determine whether the online course is the best fit for you.

How will I learn?

Study both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop the skills required when analysing unseen texts. Analyse the use of language and structure for a range of purposes across a range of activities. You will also develop writing skills both for narrative and non-fiction writing.

How will I be assessed?

You will belong to an online class and will have your own tutor who gives you help and support throughout the course. Each week you receive an email/ Facebook message which explains what work needs to be done that week.  You will submit your work to your tutor who marks it and gives detailed advice and feedback. You will then be assessed in 2 final examination papers in June 2020.

How much does the course cost?

Free

How do I apply?

Apply online at www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Reasons to join us:

  1. Nationally recognised qualification that provides an excellent opportunity for progression on to university.
  2. Work experience opportunities to develop real-life work skills
  3. Tutors who are experts in their field.

GCSE English

Do you have an interest in reading and writing and would like to develop your skills whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification? Perhaps you are furthering your education or career and GCSE English is an essential requirement for your next step? Or maybe you want to develop confidence to enable you to support children and grandchildren in their studies? GCSE English could be the course for you!

Course Type: Part-time (3 hours per week)
Start Date: September 2020
Length: 1 year
Location: Teesdale

 

Entry Requirements      

We ask all learners to complete a short assessment to make sure GCSE is the best course for them

What’s next?

GCSE English is required in many professions such as teaching or nursing. It can also lead to A Levels and is a good foundation for enrolling on Access to Higher Education.

What will I do?

Study an exciting range of both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop the skills required when analysing unseen texts. Analyse the use of language and structure for a range of purposes across a range of activities.

You will also develop your creative writing skills both for narrative and non-fiction writing.

The course also includes the study of spoken language with an opportunity to develop vital presentation skills.

How will I be assessed?

There is a mixture of continuous assessment methods throughout the year, including 2 mock exams, in addition to the final exams that are planned for June 2021.

How much does the course cost?

Free

How do I apply?

Apply online at www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Reasons to join us:

  1. Nationally recognised qualification that provides an excellent opportunity for progression on to university.
  2. Work experience opportunities to develop real-life work skills
  3. Tutors who are experts in their field.

Functional English (Entry Level 1 – Level 2)

Functional Skills are a great way to build confidence, improve skills and give you essential English skills for everyday life and work. We have experienced tutors who can support you no matter what level you are already at. You may be a complete beginner or just want to refresh your memory and gain an up to date, nationally recognised, qualification. We can support you.

Course Type: Part-time

Start Date: September 2020

Length: 1 year

Location: Teesdale

 

Entry Requirements      

We ask all learners to complete a short assessment and a piece of writing. Taking into account the results from this, along with any previous qualifications, we will ensure you are placed on the most appropriate level for your success.

What’s next?

On completion of the level 2 course you could apply for a vocational course, an Access course or GCSE Maths and English. The qualification at level 2 is accepted by most employers and education providers.

What will I do?

On Functional English you can learn to write in different styles using different formats, brush up on your basics (spelling, grammar and punctuation), improve your reading skills and learn how to communicate confidently and effectively, both spoken and written. We provide opportunities to develop employability skills and ensure you feel as confident as you can with your literacy skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete tasks within your classes that will allow your tutor to assess your progress.  You will have regular reviews with your tutor to discuss this. When you are confident and ready, you complete an exam to gain your qualification.

What’s Next?

You could continue your studies on a relevant university course or find work/an apprenticeship in the industry.

How much does the course cost?

FREE

How do I apply?

Apply online at www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Reasons to Join us:

  1. Nationally recognised qualification that provides an excellent opportunity for progression on to university.
  2. Work experience opportunities to develop real-life work skills
  3. Tutors who are experts in their field.

Refresher English

Duration: NA (This is a tailor made resource pack to support independent learning and does not include any tuition)

This course is ideal for those who are looking to brush up their skills in English and/or maths and do not want to work towards a formal qualification. It will also suit those who are required to develop their skills in order to progress onto an alternative English and/or maths related programme; allowing learners to improve their skills and confidence at a level appropriate to their needs and ability, without the pressure of an exam.

On enrolment learners will receive an induction and complete a skills assessment, which will identify the level they are working at, the areas they are confident with and the areas that require further development. Each learner will then receive a pack of resources and access to an online course tailored to their specific development needs, to help develop their skills and support their progression.

Entry Requirements      

None

What’s next?

Other English related programmes.

What will I study?

You will work, independently, on the skills that are identified as areas of development through the assessments completed at the start of the programme.

How will I learn?

You will work through a pack of resources tailor made to meet your needs,

How will I be assessed?

There is no assessment for this course.

How much does the course cost?

£35

What days and times does the course run?

Just book an assessment appointment at a time to suit you.

How do I apply?

Contact Information and Guidance on (01642) 865566 information on (01642) 865566.