In response to the increased need for a GCSE pass in English and Maths, Kingston Maurward College has introduced an evening class in English. If you currently do not have a C-grade pass in the subject these classes will be free.
Kingston Maurward College Head of English, Kay Davies, said: ‘Many of us are aware of under-18s needing to retake these subjects if they don’t get them first time round. What adults often don’t realise is not having a C grade or above can affect adults too. These days you can’t be a nursery nurse teacher, social worker or secondary school teacher without the equivalent of a C grade pass in both subjects. And there are many other areas that demand you have it as well.’
This September the Government will be introducing the new 9-1 grading systems for GCSEs. Within this system, Grade 5 will be considered a good pass and 9 is the highest and set in line with the old A*. The system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students.
Jess Thompson, who will be teaching the new evening class GCSE has experience of the need to re-take a subject later on in life. ‘I’ve recently retrained as a teacher, and last year I also had to take my GCSE Maths in order to qualify, which I found quite challenging, since I hadn’t studied the subject for over 30 years! However, I passed it and actually really appreciated the way in which it stimulated parts of my brain I thought had shut down years ago – I’m really glad I’ve done it.’
Jess is equally enthusiastic about teaching the new English GCSE syllabus, she said: ‘It’s a really good course in which you look at a variety of 19th and 20th century fiction and non-fiction texts. I’m also a professional writer and know that teaching the course will be great in terms of improving my understanding of how and why writers write as they do. I hope to enthuse my students enough so that they’ll feel the same!’
GCSE English at Kingston Maurward College starts Monday 19th September 6pm-9pm – to find out more or to book please call 01305 215215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org