GCSE


GCSE

GCSE English: What is it?

The purpose is to enable learners to develop independent and critical thinking, engage with the richness of our language and literary heritage. Also, to experiment in writing across a range of contexts and styles.

Learners must complete all components (01, 02 and 03 or 04) to be awarded the GCSE (9–1) in English Language.

How is the qualification achieved?

• In order to achieve the qualification of GCSE (9-1)
• Learners work towards assessments by covering all of the units in each area and completing all course work.
• Learners to complete two exams at end of course.
• Exam one, is communicating information and ideas. 80 marks available, which counts for 50% of overall grade. (2 hours)
• Exam two, is exploring effects and impact. 80 marks available, which counts for 50% of overall grade. (2 hours)
• Spoken language endorsement, is completed under non-exam conditions. (no marks available for this section) but a requirement of course and developmental for learners.

The main units addressed in GCSE English are:

Component 01, which has two sections:

• Section A: Reading information and ideas
• Section B: Writing for audience, impact and purpose.

For Section A, learners read and respond to unseen Non-fiction texts, one of which is a 19th century text.
For Section B, they produce a piece of non-fiction writing. Learners develop knowledge and understanding of how writers communicate for different audiences, Purposes and contexts.

Component 02, which has two sections:Components 03/04 Spoken Language.

Learners develop their spoken language skills by planning and preparing presentations for different purposes and audiences. They will listen and respond to others and express their ideas using spoken

How is GCSE Skills English delivered?

• GCSE English is delivered once a week in a session lasting two hours.
• These sessions are designed to be developmental: they aim to provide learners with a robust set of skills which are transferable to all areas of their working and personal lives and also prepare learners to aim for highest possible grading in GCSE examinations.

In order to make the sessions as relevant and interesting as possible, tutors use a variety of resources such as:
• SMART boards
• IPads
• A range of tasks and activities tailored to learners’ preferred styles of learning: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic
• Work related tasks and scenarios
• Video clips and You Tube
• Educational visits

The tutors also embed Equality and Diversity into all of their sessions, discussing and addressing a plethora of issues and current events.

How will GCSE English help learners in their desired jobs?

• Learners will be taught how to work and communicate effectively and, most importantly, with confidence.
• The Speaking and Listening aspect of the qualification is invaluable as it encourages and develops effective communication in both formal and informal settings. Presentation skills will be developed during the program.
• Learners are given the opportunity to learn how to communicate appropriately with their peers and potential employers, whilst building their confidence and ability to work cohesively within a group.
• These communication skills are essential to learners hoping to gain and maintain a career in any vocation or area.
• Reading and Writing skills will be developed to an employable level.
• Learners aiming for higher career, can obtain grade 4/5 (old grade C) which are required for certain jobs or university.

GCSE Maths: What is it?

The purpose is to enable learners to develop their personal skills around mathematics. Maths is used in everyday life, and our GCSE course will help improve each learner’s employability skills. GCSE Maths is more in depth than functional skills, but the rewards are much higher. For university or professional status employment, good grading in Mathematics is usually part of the criteria looked for.

How is the qualification achieved?

• In order to achieve the qualification of GCSE (9-1)
• Learners work towards assessments by covering all of the units in each area and completing all course work.
• Learners to complete three exams at end of course.
• Exam one, calculator paper. 33% of total marks available.
• Exam two, non-calculator paper. 33% of total marks available.
• Exam three, calculator paper. 33% of total marks available.

The main units addressed in GCSE Maths are:

– Number operations
– Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
– Indices and Surds
– Approximation and estimation
– Ratio and proportion
– Algebra
– Graphs of equations and fractions
– Basic geometry
– Congruence and similarity
– Perimeter calculations
– Probability
– statistics

How is GCSE Skills Maths delivered?

• GCSE Maths is delivered once a week in a session lasting two hours.
• These sessions are designed to be developmental: they aim to provide learners with a robust set of skills which are transferable to all areas of their working and personal lives and also prepare learners to aim for highest possible grading in GCSE examinations.

In order to make the sessions as relevant and interesting as possible, tutors use a variety of resources such as:
• SMART boards
• IPads
• A range of tasks and activities tailored to learners’ preferred styles of learning: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic
• Work related tasks and scenarios
• Video clips and You Tube
• Educational visits
• Scientific calculators
• Geometry sets.

The tutors also embed Equality and Diversity into all of their sessions, discussing and addressing a plethora of issues and current events.

How will GCSE Maths help learners in their desired jobs?

• Learners will be taught how to calculate effectively and, most importantly, with confidence.
• GCSE Maths qualification is widely recognised by employers and universities.
• Learners will develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
• Learners will gain skills and knowledge to help with problem solving.
• Learners will learn and understand Mathematical terminology to an high level.

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