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On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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Adult GCSE English

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The GCSE English Course is designed for adults (19+) wanting to pass the latest GCSE syllabus exams. Whether you need it to progress your career further or you want to help your children and grandchildren at home, this could be the course for you. 

 The English Language GCSE is a key requirement for many job roles and passing this qualification demonstrates an understanding of the makeup of texts and sources as well as equipping you with writing and reading skills. The GCSE in English Language combines learning in the classroom with virtual support packages and additional needs support to help you to achieve. There is no tiering in the classes or in the exam and the qualification is sat with Pearson examination board. 

No matter if you sat your GCSE English qualification equivalent 5 years ago or 40 years ago. The SGS team is here to help. With a range of daytime and evening provision, we are sure to have something to suit you. 

This course is FREE if you do not have a grade C/4 or above.

How will I learn?

The course content includes.

  • Studying a range of functional 19th-century non-fiction texts and a range of 20th- and 21st-century prose fiction and literary non-fiction.
  •  Developing skills to analyse and compare 20th- and 21st-century fiction and literary non-fiction extracts. 
  • Developing imaginative writing skills to engage the reader
  • Developing skills to analyse and evaluate non-fiction extracts
  • Developing transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes, and audiences. 
  • Using spelling, punctuation, and grammar accurately.

The course is assessed through two end point exams sat in the Summer of 2022.

What will the course lead on to?

GCSE English could lead on to further study such as A Levels or an access course as well as direct access to University courses. We offer GCSE courses for those just wishing to brush up their skills as well, although there may be a fee if you have already got a “C” grade.

What support is available?

We have our core delivery lecturers who are happy to help, alongside this we have the English and Maths extra team who can provide specific one to one support, advice and guidance pertaining to English and Maths. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college. For further information on student support please email [email protected]

So what happens next?

If this sounds like a course for you, please get in touch with [email protected] or alternatively click the “apply” button. Within a few days, a member of the team will be in touch inviting you into college for an informal chat and diagnostic or will call you to discuss your needs.

If GCSE is not right for you, we also have other qualifications in maths that act as steppingstones to GCSE. These are called Functional skills and may be more suitable. We will discuss with you the right pathway post application. 

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Entry Requirements

In order to enrol onto any Adult English & maths course, you will need to come into college and complete an informal assessment. The assessments are not exams - they are used to make sure we offer you the correct level of course, so that you progress successfully and achieve your qualifications. No course offers are made for Adult English & maths before an applicant completes an informal assessment.

We have assessment dates throughout the academic year. To book your place please use the department contact information below for the relevant campus.

Adult learners must be age 19 or over at the start of the course.

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Additional Information

For more information about this course please email [email protected].

Please be aware that some courses have fees that are payable on enrolment. More information on if this course has a fee can be found in the Availability section below.  

If you require financial support including payment plans, bursaries and advanced learner loans please visit the Money Management Service section of the website.

For more information on fees please view our Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy and our Applications, Admissions and Enrolment Policy and Procedures.

This course offers simpler and safer online enrolment requests, which means in a matter of minutes you can submit an enrolment request to us. However please be aware that upon submitting your enrolment form you are not guaranteed to be accepted. A number of our courses require assessments, qualification checks or simply a conversation with you before we can confirm your enrolment.

Within 24 hours of enrolment submission you will receive an automated email notification with information on what happens next. Please add [email protected] to your safe sender list. Most email providers allow you to do this withing settings/options. For full instructions simply use your chosen search engine to find instructions on how to make emails as safe.

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Course fees explained

The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationary, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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