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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 (should they even be called ‘fries’?) 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 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

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?

After two years, you’ll sit two exams (both lasting for 2 hrs 30 mins) for an A level in English Language (OCR). You will also complete a coursework folder of 3,500 words on a topic you choose.


You need: 

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and Maths.

An inquisitive mind and an analytical eye are also important. The ability to write essays in an academic style is crucial (this is English, after all) and a willingness to work hard in lessons (but also outside of lessons), is certainly required.


What do you need to know?

The subject covers a tremendous range of topics – old language use, new language use, child language use, gendered language use, powerful language use, technology-related language use, media-related language use. That’s a lot of language, right?


What’s next?

Students of English Language go on to study a wide range of subjects including English, history, media, and education.


Reasons to join us:

  • Our English department has 53% A* – B and 100% pass rate for the last three years.
  • A chance to choose your own material to study for coursework – your IM chats, the language of gendered differences (or not), how children try to manipulate their mother and father. You name it.
  • At times, we can study language that you use and you create. This is part of the language change module as you live language everyday – spoken, tweeted, typed.

What our students say:

“I’d thoroughly recommend doing this course to any of my friends.”

“Extremely good and engaging lessons with detailed and easy to learn content, allowing me to learn all the required content in a pleasant and knowledgeable atmosphere.”


Extra-curricular activities:

The English team have previously arranged a cross-curricular trip to London to take in attractions and places of interest such as The Old Bailey, Lincoln’s Inn, The Harry Potter Tour, various museums and galleries and a West End production. We also have a local journalist visit us for talks on language use in the media. Writing for a college magazine is also another possibility, depending on interest.


Possible combination subjects:

You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with other analytical, essay-based subjects which require plenty of independent thinking, evaluation and academic analytical essay writing, such as English literature, media, history, philosophy, ethics and religion.

English Literature

If you love literature, this course will give you a great excuse to read to your heart’s content and then 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 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will I study?

Over the two years you will read and study eight texts: OthelloDeath of a SalesmanThe Handmaid’s TaleThe Kite Runner and a collection of poems by John Keats and William Blake. You will also choose two texts for your coursework unit.


How will I learn? 

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.


How will I be assessed?

You will take two exams at the end of your second year. You will complete your coursework folder during the first term of your second year of study.


You need:

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and Maths.

A passion for reading old and modern dramas, novels and poetry, a willingness to participate in class discussions, and an open mind to embrace views that challenge your own.


What do you need to know?

English Literature is an established, traditional subject for high-ranking Russell group universities, it is respected by employers in the UK and abroad, and it complements the work of those who go down the science and humanities routes.


What’s next?

University courses in areas such as law, media, journalism, education and English. Future careers include teaching, public relations or you could work in a museum, library or theatre.

Here’s what some of our former students have gone on to do:

  • Leanne: A* – Newcastle University, English and Creative writing
  • Clare: A* – Bristol University, English Literature
  • Amber: A* – Newcastle University, English Literature
  • Grace: A – Art Foundation Course
  • Leal: A – Gap Year – University to study English Literature

Reasons to join us:

  • Amazing results
  • Dedicated teachers that offer lots of support
  • A course that has students’ interests and needs at its core.

What our students say:

“The teachers work hard for you and offer you lots of support.”

“The course is hard but not if you love reading.”

“I got an A*, my teacher really pushed me and helped me.”


Possible combination subjects:

You can choose any combination of courses that you like. We think this subject goes particularly well with almost all subjects, and some students study it alongside English Language, History, Classics and Law.


Extra-curricular activities:

London trips to see Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.

Four-day trip to London.

RSC live screening of Othello in college.

Trip to Newcastle to see The Kite Runner.

Trip to Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre to see Othello.

Opportunity to enter creative writing competitions.

Part time

Online GCSE English

Duration: 32 weeks

Start date: September 2018

The course is taught online through very detailed, clear, well-organised materials which enable you to study each week at times of your choosing. The course is split into 3 units:

Unit 1 – Understanding and producing non-fiction texts

This is an end of year exam and is worth 60% of the overall grade. The externally set assessment will take place in the college, in June.

Unit 2 – Speaking and Listening

A separate certification is awarded for this unit. You will have to come into college to do the following three activities:

  • Individual presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Role play

Unit 3 -Understanding spoken and written texts and writing creatively

You will be required to come into the college to undertake 3 controlled assessments, throughout the year (40% of your overall grade):

  • Part a: extended reading* (15%)
  • Part b: creative writing (15%)
  • Part c: spoken language study (10%)

Entry Requirements

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

How will I learn?

The focus of the course is firmly on independent study using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A variety of resources will be available to cover all the topics required. These include:

  • Power point presentations
  • Online videos
  • A range of activities
  • Practice exam papers

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.

How much does the course cost?

Free

How do I apply?

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

GCSE English

Duration: 32 weeks

During your AQA GCSE English Language (4705) course you have the opportunity to study various writing as well as producing some of your own creative work. The course is split into 3 units:

Unit 1

Understanding and producing non-fiction texts. This is the end of year exam and is worth 60% of your overall grade.

Unit 2

There are 3 speaking and listening activities. A separate certificate is awarded for this unit.

  • Individual presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Role play

Unit 3

Understanding spoken and written texts and writing creatively. There are 4 controlled assessments, throughout the year (40% of your overall grade).

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.

How will I learn?

You will attend one class a week where your tutor will guide you through each part of the course and provide all the reading materials you will need. Classroom learning will be supported through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How will I be assessed?

There is a mixture of continuous assessment methods throughout the year in addition to the final exam and controlled assessments.

How much does the course cost?

Free

What days and times does the course run?

There are various daytime and evening sessions running from September 2018.

How do I apply?

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

Functional English (Entry Level 1 – Level 2)

Duration: 32 weeks

Functional Skills are a great way to build confidence, improve skills and can prepare you for GCSE. 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.

Entry Requirements      

We ask all learners to complete a short assessment to make sure they are placed on the most appropriate level.

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 study?

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.

On Functional Maths you can brush up on your everyday maths skills such as managing money, calculating and measuring, reading and analysing information and working with fractions, decimals and percentages confidently.

How will I learn?

You will work at your own pace towards the goals you set with your tutor, focussing on the areas and skills you feel are most important to you. The programme is tailored to meet your personal and professional needs.

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.

How much does the course cost?

FREE

What days and times does the course run?

Various days and times during the week.

How do I apply?

Contact Information and Guidance on (01642) 865566

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.