For many years English GCSE has been unavailable to distance learners. Now, due to changes in the way that Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) is managed, The Oxford Open Learning Trust is proud to be amongst the first distance learning colleges to be able to offer this course to its students. This brand new course has been designed to foster a lifelong love of the English Language and an appreciation of its literature. It will prepare students for the study of English Language at A level for those who wish to and it will enable all students to communicate effectively, in writing and orally, in a wide range of situations.
The Oxford Open Learning GCSE English Language course is set out as follows:
This course of lessons will prepare you for the AQA English Language GCSE 9-1 Specification 8700.
The English Language GCSE is assessed by 2 written papers which make up your final mark. You will also have the chance to undertake an Oral Presentation for which the Mark will be awarded separately. Please note that this optional ‘non-exam’ assessment is undertaken by OOL tutors and is included in the course fees – this is not true of other providers.
• unseen extract from a literature fiction text
• 1 extended writing task – descriptive or narrative writing Method of Assessment • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• Comparison of one unseen non-fiction text and one unseen literary non-fiction text
• 1 extended writing task – writing to present a viewpoint Method of assessment • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
Your Oxford Open Learning tutor will carry out your assessment via Skype. In order for this to happen you will need:
Oxford Open Learning will record your presentation and copies of the presentation will be made available to the AQA for purposes of external moderation. The oral is awarded as a separate Pass, Merit, or Distinction. The oral does not contribute to your primary 9-1 grade.
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The English GCSE and the English IGCSE are equivalent qualifications and are considered to be of an equal level by employers or college/university admissions departments. Both courses are graded using the new 9-1 Grading System. Whilst there are some small differences in content, the main difference between them is in how they are examined. The IGCSE English, like nearly all of Oxford Open Learning’s GCSE and IGCSE courses, is open to private candidates and students can arrange their examination by entering as a private candidate at a local examination centre. The GCSE English has a separately examined Oral component and so is not open to private candidates. As such Oxford Open Learning will entering centre for the student and carry out the oral assessment. The student will need to find a host examination centre where their written paper will be sat. Oxford Open Learning will then arrange for the exam paper to be sent to the host centre. Full details can be found on our Non-Exam assessment page.
Quite simply, this course is more expensive because it takes more tutor time to deliver the preparation and subsequent assessment of the student’s oral examination.