Course Information (AQA 8702)
Fast Track GCSE Duration: 30 Weeks
Type: Part Time
Cost: £950 including exam
There are no formal entry requirements. However, a good basic level of literacy is expected within reading and writing. 18+ students will only be considered for the fast track 30 WK option. This is due to the high volume of work and discipline that is required to complete this course. However, we can make exceptions so please speak with our enrolments team for advice.
This engaging skills based course has been designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter what their level of ability.You will explore 19th-century novels, such as Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein, plus engage with the works of Shakespeare such as Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet. We provide appropriate exercises to suit your ability level and help you stretch and challenge yourself. You will develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different genres, topics and themes.
Method of Study
You will attend a two hour class each week where you will work alone or collaboratively with your fellow students, in which you will engage in stimulating discussions and classroom-based exercises to support your development and learning. You will also be required to complete work at home independently.
Please note: one year courses are intensive and require independent reading and research.
Method of Assessment
You will be required to sit two examinations.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
You will sit a written exam (1 hour 45 minutes) that is worth 64 marks (40% of GCSE).
Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
You will sit a written exam (2 hour 15 minutes) that is worth 96 marks (60% of GCSE).
Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.
Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
What Can I Do Next?
This GCSE is your gateway to a successful tomorrow. This qualification will allow you to progress onto further AS/A Level courses, apprenticeships, colleges and universities, and provide you with better job and promotion prospects.