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Access to English is perfect for mature learners who have not obtained GCSE English Language grade 4-9 (C-A) or Functional Skills Entry Level or Level 1 in their previous education. This 6 week course is designed to teach both Functional Skills and GCSE skills and use a series of diagnostic assessments to decide which level you should complete for the remainder of the academic year. This course is designed to ensure you are enrolled on the correct English course to reach your full potential here at HRC to progress in your career. There will be lots of opportunities to learn a variety of English skills: comprehension, comparative, evaluative, analytical, professional letter and email writing, speaking and listening.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of this short course you will be progressed to an ESOL GCSE (aimed at learners where English is an additional language), GCSE (aimed at learners who need GCSE to obtain or progress in their employment or training) and Functional Skills (aimed at learners who are not quite ready for GCSE this academic year but would like to continue developing their English skills).

What will I be doing?

You will build your vocabulary, your confidence and the skills required in reading, writing and speaking and listening. This short course will serve as an entry onto ESOL GCSE, GCSE or Functional Skills. We will explore a range of 18th, 19th and 21st century non-fiction texts with a variety of contemporary themes like BLM, Gender roles, Power and Crime. We will also explore a range of fiction touching upon Crime, Thriller, Comedy, LGBT+, BLM and Stereotypes. The skills we will develop are: •Evaluation and debates, Comparing the writer's methods and perspectives •Understanding the impact of language and structural features •Comprehension, identifying key information •Analyse writer's methods and their impact on the reader •Explore and understand contemporary themes and how writers' craft language •Class discussions around abstract concepts and themes within the writing •Spelling, grammar and punctuation.

How will I be assessed?

Through an initial diagnostic and class work. We will be assessing your practical skills and how well you master English skill taught as referenced above.

Entry requirements

A basic understanding of the English spoken language as well as the ability to read and write in English. You will need to apply for this 6-week course online or at our Information Centre either at Broxbourne or Ware campus, which will then serve as a feeder for either a GCSE, Functional Skills or ESOL GCSE course for the remainder of the academic year. After applying we will conduct either a Teams or Telephone interview to assess why you would like to achieve GCSE. After applying you will be invited to the college to meet a member of our Information Team who will check your passport, Home Office documents, that you have been a resident in the country for 3 years, evidence of employment benefits or low wage.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a set of highlighters and pens for annotating and note taking throughout your sessions. A passion to learn about a range of topics and skills relating to the English language as well as a willingness to partake in group work and class debates. You will be expected to attend every week or notify your tutor for reason of absence, failure to do so could result in you being withdrawn and refunds cannot be issued for non-attendance. You will be provided with a student email and shown how to use your emails. You will be given a student email account and access to Office 365 at the start of your course and shown how to work these, so you are ready to complete classes, blended learning and learning online if needed, at any time throughout the year. This course is designed to be taught in the classroom with an English specialist tutor and a group of learners, our class sizes are COVID friendly and advised by the Government and Local Authority guidance.

Fee Information

This short course is free however please be prepared to pay a fee on your progression to our GCSE or Functional Skills courses based on the guide below: £10 fee for learners who do not have a GCSE English Language qualification grade 4+ (A-C). £362 for learners who have a GCSE English Language qualification and want to improve their grade. Please note, refunds cannot be issued on the grounds of personal reasons or personal change in circumstances, once the course has started. Learners that can provide evidence that they receive Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance or earn less than £17,374.50 per year could be eligible for fee remission. Learners that can provide Home Office evidence of asylum, refugee, humanitarian, exceptional or indefinite leave to enter or remain status (including Calais leave to remain), could also be eligible for fee remission. You will need to have been resident in the country for 3 years.

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

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