Preparing to study for an English GCSE
Who is this course for?
Information days are being held where you can find out more, have the opportunity of taking an initial skills test and enrol on a course.
Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot on Tuesday 22nd August
The Mansion, Totnes on Monday 21st August.
This course is free for adults who have not achieved a GCSE in English Language A*-C grade previously. It can help to enhance career prospects, access higher or further education, support the family with their English skills or improve your skills for your own personal reasons.
The course follows the syllabus for the OCR GCSE English Language (2015). The latest GCSEs have a new grading system from 1 to 9, with Grade C equating to a new Grade 4. Full details of the new grading system are available on the
You will learn to
• Read a wide range of texts from different genres including prose fiction, literary non-fiction and other non-fiction texts such as articles, biographies and travel writing.
• Analyse how writers use language and structure to convey their ideas to the reader.
• Write effectively, creatively and imaginatively, using a wide vocabulary with a clear awareness of audience and purpose.
• Speak clearly on a topic of choice using an appropriate structure and varied vocabulary.
The new syllabus is split into two equal areas of study: non- fiction and fiction.
Examinations may be held in a different venue in Newton Abbot. There are two exams scheduled for Tuesday 5 June and Friday 8 June, both are at 9.30-11.30am.
Support and feedback
You will learn in small supportive groups (6 -12 people). You will be able to discuss ideas with others and complete tasks individually, in pairs or small groups. Activities will be tailored to different styles of learning, with a range of learning resources available.
You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. An individual learning plan is updated weekly to record your targets and achievements. There are regular assessments throughout the course which will be used to predict your final level. In addition, weekly homework is set to practise skills, check understanding and provide feedback on progress.
Additional costs and requirements
You can only enrol on this course once you have had an initial assessment with an experienced Learn Devon Tutor to determine which course is most suitable for your needs.
In addition to pens and pencils you will need an A4 course folder and lined paper.
You will need to buy two text books, cost approximately £30 for both. However, please don’t make a purchase until after you have started the course, and discussed this with your tutor.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Weekly homework will be set to practise skills, check understanding of topics covered and provide feedback on progress.
About the tutor
Lorraine has worked for Devon County for 22 years starting as a Playworker at Toddler groups and working her way to being a Tutor in Maths, English and Family Learning. Over the years Lorraine has been on funding committees, set up and run Pilot projects for setting up family workshops in deprived and rural areas, a project worker setting up courses in schools and other venues, part of 2 Government Literacy projects to promote helping Adults in Schools to learn to show how this then helps the children and Lorraine has also taken part in the excellence programmes for teaching both Mathematics and English. Lorraine also has qualifications in teaching for behavioural support and has been on Dyslexia awareness training. Lorraine has her C&G 7407 in Teaching and studied both Cert Ed, DTTLS and an English Specialism.
“I love my job and find it so rewarding to help other people achieve their dreams, I love helping parents to feel confident to help their children and to realise that they can do whatever they want if they set their mind to it and believe in themselves.”