GCSE English Taster

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Course code: PF1112F

Get a head start, gain confidence and learn more about our 9-month GCSE English course which starts in September 2024. Please note that applications can only be considered from residents of Dorset, Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.



From 19 Jun 2024 to 17 Jul 2024
Wed 18:00-20:30

5 weeks

19 Jun 2024

18:00 to 20:30

26 Jun 2024

18:00 to 20:30

03 Jul 2024

18:00 to 20:30

10 Jul 2024

18:00 to 20:30

17 Jul 2024

18:00 to 20:30


Online learning 


Fees and concessions



Skills & Learning Adult Community Education


01202 123444

What the course is about

<p>This short online taster course provides an opportunity to find out more about GCSE English. It will give you a chance to decide if GCSE English is right for you and provide underpinning knowledge that will help you make a flying start on a full 9-month GCSE qualification course. Over the 5 weekly sessions, you will:</p>

<li>Find out more about the format of the exams and the skills required to achieve GCSE English</li>
<li>Discuss how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers</li>
<li>Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, using textual references to support your points</li>
<li>Learn how vocabulary, sentence structure and technical accuracy affect your writing and identify some areas that you might need to work on to achieve success at GCSE level</li>

<p>Please note: this course does not guarantee you a place on GCSE English but it is an excellent starting point to find out more about the course. Please apply separately if you are interested in doing the full GCSE English course. </p>

Pre-course information session or interview

<p>You will be required to complete an application form to apply for this course. You will also need to complete a BKSB English Initial Assessment if you have not already completed one within the last 6 months. Once you have completed the Initial Assessment we will be in touch to advise you whether you have been successful or to offer you an alternative class.</p>

<p>This course is for you if:</p>

<li>You want to attend a small, friendly class and learn more about the full GCSE English course</li>
<li>You can attend every week and complete home study tasks between sessions</li>
<li>You are confident with your IT skills and have access to a computer with camera and microphone</li>

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

<p>There is no examination associated with this short course. Personal targets will be negotiated and reviewed to help you reach your goals.</p>

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

<p>This short course is ideal for learners who are considering enrolling on a GCSE English course starting in September 2024. No previous experience or qualifications are required but you will need to complete a BKSB English initial assessment and demonstrate that you are working at BKSB L1.6 or above.</p>

<p>Knowledge and effective use of standard English language is essential for this course. If English is not your first language you may need to provide proof of an English language qualification at Level 2, for example ESOL Level 2.</p>

Materials and costs

<p>This course is delivered online so you will need access to a reliable internet connection and a computer with camera and microphone. We will provide you with an Office365 account and access to Microsoft Teams to join your online lessons and view uploaded learning materials. If you do not have access to a PC at home, you may be able to borrow a laptop, subject to availability and eligibility. </p>

<p>It is also recommended that you have A4 paper, a folder, pens and pencils. You may wish to purchase a textbook to support your studies (details to be provided by the Tutor). </p>

<p>This course is usually fully funded (no fee) to anyone over 19 who does not already have GCSE English Grade A*-C / 9-4 (subject to residency rules).</p>

Next Step

<p>Once you have completed this short course, you may wish to enrol on the GCSE English course, or you may like to consider a Maths or ICT (Information and Communication Technology) qualification.</p>

<p>Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.</p>

<p>There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. Please visit our website for more details <a href="https://www.skillsandlearningace.com/">Skills & Learning Adult Community Education</a></p>

<p>Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education.</p>

<p>Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training.</p>

<p>Your tutor may also be able to discuss possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the<a href="https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/">National Careers Service</a></p>

<p>For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.</p><p>Need support planning your next steps? Our experienced Careers Advisors at Skills &amp; Learning can offer personalised guidance on choosing the right course, exploring career paths, developing interview skills, updating your CV and much more. Book a FREE appointment today and get the support you need to achieve your goals. Visit: <a href="https://www.skillsandlearningace.com/learning-with-us/next-steps/" target="_blank">https://www.skillsandlearningace.com/learning-with-us/next-steps/</a>. Call us at 01202 123444 for more information.</p>

Additional information

<p><strong>English, maths and computing skills:</strong> all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.<br />
<strong>Refunds:</strong> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href="https://www.skillsandlearningace.com/policies/terms-and-conditions/">www.skillsandlearningace.com/policies/terms-and-conditions</a> or in our brochure.<br />
<strong>Attendance:</strong> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.<br />
<strong>Places on courses:</strong> many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills &amp; Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.<br />
<strong>Fully funded learners:</strong> if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.<br />
<strong>Home study:</strong> you will&nbsp;be required to do significant&nbsp;study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.<br />
<strong>Qualification Levels:</strong> there is further information about qualification levels on our website.<br />
<strong>Proof of identity:</strong> please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.<br />
<strong>Off-site activities:</strong> with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.<br />
<strong>Parking at centres:</strong> parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website <a href="https://www.skillsandlearningace.com/our-centres/">www.skillsandlearningace.com/our-centres/</a>.<br />
<strong>Refreshments:</strong> tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website <a href="https://www.skillsandlearningace.com/our-centres/">www.skillsandlearningace.com/our-centres/</a>.<br />
<strong>Unspent Criminal Convictions</strong> we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to <a href="https://www.skillsandlearningace.com/policies/disclosure-of-unspent-convictions/">www.skillsandlearningace.com/policies/disclosure-of-unspent-convictions</a>.<br />
If you have any <strong>accessibility or disability issues</strong> that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail <a href="mailto:enquiries@salbcp.com">enquiries@salbcp.com</a>. All enquiries are treated in confidence.</p>