English GCSE

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

You can only enrol on this course through a friendly chat and skills check with an experienced Learn Devon Learning Support Co-ordinator.

To make a local appointment to confirm which course is most suitable for your needs, please contact our admin teams in Newton Abbot or Totnes.

The Passmore Edwards Centre

Market Street

Newton Abbot

TQ12 2RJ


01392 384094

The Mansion

36 Fore Street




01803 862020

This course is for adults who have not already achieved a GCSE in English Language A*-C grade. It can help to enhance career prospects, access to higher or further education, support the family with their English skills or improve skills for personal reasons.

The course follows the syllabus for the OCR GCSE English Language, 9-1 series (2015). The latest GCSEs have a new grading system from 1 to 9. Your tutor will explain this in more detail.

Course content

Sessions are 3 hours weekly.

There are 4 mandatory introduction sessions totaling 10-12 guided learning hours; this is a requirement prior to access onto the full GCSE programme, which is up to 90 guided learning hours. This will determine whether you continue with the GCSE or move on to a Functional Skills qualification. Dates for some sessions will be agreed within the learning group, to ensure the total learning hours.

You will develop your skills in understanding, analysing and interpreting a variety of texts.

• Developing the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when writing.
• Learning how to use a wide variety of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
• Developing a personal style of written communication.
It is essential that you can commit to weekly attendance as well as completing weekly homework, to succeed.

Provisional exam dates set by awarding body are:

Tuesday 4th June 2019 AM

Friday 7th June 2019 AM

All exams will be held at: Change Academy, Newton Abbot or the Mansion, Totnes

Support and feedback

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. An individual learning plan will be used to record your targets and achievements. These can be used to predict end grades.

Additional costs and requirements

We will provide you with what you need to complete the course.

You will need basic equipment pen, pencil & notebook.

We will provide you with the text books for the duration of the course.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Weekly homework will be used to practise, check understanding of topics covered and provide feedback on progress. It is essential that you commit to completing this each week as well as any missed sessions.

About the tutor

Kate Munrow has worked as an English tutor for Learn Devon over the past 10 years teaching ESOL, Literacy, Functional Skills and GCSE English.

Qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Exeter University, a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training from Plymouth University, an ADTLLS Subject Specialism (Literacy) qualification and an RSA/Cambridge certificate in TEFLA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Helping people to feel confident about using English in their everyday lives is important to Kate.

“As adults, we often really worry about our English skills and it can stop us doing what we want to in life. It’s great to see how quickly people learn and start to take pride in their improved reading or writing skills and how this leads to other things: a new job, a new hobby or simply enjoying a good book.”

Kate Munrow, Area tutor, Learndevon

Start date19 Sep 2018
End date10 Oct 2018
Start time18:30
End time21:00
Concessions not available