Broadstairs College - English GCSE and Functional Skills
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Qualification: English GCSE and Functional Skills
Start date: 04/09/2023
End date: 17/07/2024
Times: Wednesday or Thursday evenings 5.30pm-8.15pm
Location: Broadstairs
Fee: Free (if you do not already have a grade 4 (C grade) or equivalent)

English GCSE and Functional Skills

An essential qualification if you want to go on to further study, and a basic requirement for many jobs.

What does this course involve?

GCSE English is designed to enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. Further advice will be given on delivering presentations and performing other speaking and listening tasks.

The course is broken down into two units, both assessed using a final, unseen examination:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

  • Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text (25%)
  • Section B: Writing – descriptive or narrative writing (25%)

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

  • Section A: Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text (25%)
  • Section B: Writing – writing to present a viewpoint (25%)

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language (0% weighting of GCSE)

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English


You will complete two final exams, both unseen. There will also be speaking and listening assessments throughout the course of the study.




Entry Requirements

Please see our Group entry requirements

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Ramsgate Road
Broadstairs, Kent
CT10 1PN

01843 605040