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English Language IGCSE (Part-time)

This is a one-year course leading to the nationally recognised GCSE qualification. You will follow the Cambridge IGCSE English – First Language UK syllabus. The course is designed primarily for those for whom English is their first language, and you will develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. You will learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

Entry requirements

This course is for adults only and is not available to those studying at other institutions. To access this course you will need to come to an interview and assessment to help us decide whether this is the appropriate course for you. If English is your second language, you may be advised to take an English as a Second Language qualification instead. You may also be advised to take an assessment for Dyslexia if that is needed.

To advance on to the adult part-time GCSE English course you will need to pass an online BKSB assessment at 65% or over and complete a separate reading and writing exercise. If you are successful you will then be contacted by the tutor with regards to enrolling on to the course.

Course content

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Writing in different styles and formats for different purposes
  • Skills in grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Reading and analysing a variety of texts
  • Verbal skills, both informal and formal, in different situations and for different purposes

Assessment methods

You will complete three components:

  • A Reading paper of 1 hour 45 minutes or 2 hours (depending on whether you are following  the core or extended syllabus as determined by your teacher). This component is worth 40% of your total marks.
  • A Directed Writing  and Composition paper  of 2 hours. This component is worth 40% of your total marks.
  • A Speaking and Listening Test of 10-12 minutes. This component is worth 20% of your total marks.

You will be given regular feedback on your work and opportunities to complete mock exams.

Further study and career options

A grade C in GCSE English is often required by employers or for university or professional courses. It is also almost always an entry requirement for A Levels, and for university or professional courses.

Additional information

You will have to pay a £20 resources fee on enrolment.

Course information & how to book

Please visit our Student Recruitment Team based at Cauldwell Street, call us on 01234 291000 or email us to find out more and enrol onto this course.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 week(s) 19/09/2017 Tue 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm Free - subject to eligibility (£20 resources fee) Cauldwell Street P2055S2 Course in progress

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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