English Language GCSE Exam Preparation Course – Online

Course Information

Course Description

This two-day course will teach students the skills they need to ace their English language exams. The tutor will show students how to approach the different types of questions, how to read and analyse extracts in a time-efficient way and how to answer questions in a way to maximise marks. Students will develop their ability to critically evaluate and analyse language, and will leave with increased confidence in their ability to make informed personal responses.

Structured similarly, both Paper 1 and Paper 2 consist of Reading (Section A) and Writing (Section B). The distinction between the papers lies in the texts provided and the writing tasks assigned. In Paper 1, Section A presents a literature fiction text, followed by descriptive or narrative writing tasks in Section B, such as writing a story or describing an unusual place to stay. Conversely, Paper 2 offers a non-fiction text and a literary non-fiction text in Section A, requiring students in Section B to articulate viewpoints, like formulating arguments for magazine articles.

Learners are supported beyond the course through the provision of high-quality, comprehensive and original material including notes, guides and question booklets. These resources have been specially designed and created to supplement the learning experience.

Suitable for:

  • Year 11 students
  • Students looking to improve their exam technique ready for their final exams
  • Year 10 students
  • Foundation tier students
  • Students wanting to review subject knowledge
  • Students predicted a grade 4 or below

If you need help deciding if you will benefit from this course you can contact us. Alternatively, you may prefer to book 1-2-1 tuition instead.

Structure of the Day

Time 9:30am - 4:30pm

Classes are from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Registration starts from 9.15am.

There will be a 1 hour lunch break and a couple of 10 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Paper 1 features a literature fiction text in Section A and requires descriptive or narrative writing in Section B, such as crafting a story or describing an unusual place to stay.

Session 1
Section A: Reading
How to approach the unseen fiction extract - making the most of the 15 minutes reading time
Question 1: Getting full marks as quickly as possible
Question 2: The language question & how to achieve higher marks
Session 2
Question 3: The structure question – writing about the whole text and how to achieve higher marks
12.30-13.30
LUNCH
Session 3
Question 4: ‘To what extent do you agree?’ – the evaluation question and how to achieve higher marks
Session 4
Section B: Writing
Question 5: Writing to describe/ writing a story: what’s the difference?
Effective planning
Session 5
– Putting it into practice: how to access the higher marks
– How to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively; how to organise your writing
– How to use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures; how to write with technical accuracy

Paper 2 includes a non-fiction text and a literary non-fiction text in Section A, and expects students to write to present a viewpoint in Section B, like composing an article to argue a specific perspective for a magazine.

Session 1
Section A: Reading
How to approach the unseen fiction extract - making the most of the 15 minutes reading time
Question 1: getting full marks as quickly as possible
Question 2: the language question & how to achieve higher marks
Session 2
Question 3: the language question – how to achieve higher marks
Question 4: ‘Compare how the writers convey their different feelings and perspectives…’
12.30-13.30
LUNCH
Session 3
Section B: Writing
Question 5: Writing to establish a viewpoint
– Writing to argue/persuade/advise/inform
– Effective planning
Session 4
- Putting it into practice: how to access the higher marks
– How to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively; how to organise your writing
– How to use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures; how to write with technical accuracy

Our Tutors

Hand-picked for their exceptional academic credentials and experience working in some of the UK’s best-rated schools, the teachers and tutors we work with are some of the most talented in the country. While each one is as unique as our students, their innovative teaching styles, engaging personalities and extensive subject knowledge ensure every one of our courses is productive, inspiring and rewarding.

Rebecca S.

Rebecca S.

Rebecca is an accomplished teacher and tutor, specialising in English Literature and Language. She’s also an experienced examiner, having moderated up to A Level for many years. She’s taught within secondary schools for two decades, during which time she’s held positions including head of department and head of sixth-form. She’s worked as a private English tutor for half her career, both in person and online.

Holding a degree in English, a bachelor’s in Secondary Education and a master’s in History, Rebecca has a wealth of knowledge within the academic field. She offers tailored, empathetic support to students of all ages and ability levels, from GCSE to A Level, helping them thoroughly understand the curriculum while developing their exam skills.

If you would like 1-2-1 tuition with Rebecca you can find her profile on our tuition platform.

Amy C.

Amy C.

Amy has over 12 years of teaching experience and holds a Chartered Teacher Status from the National Qualification in Leading Teacher Development. She specialises in teaching English (literature and language), media and film studies to key stage 3, 4 and 5 students. Amy also has five years of experience working as an examiner for AQA and Eduqas – giving her excellent knowledge of what it takes to earn a top grade.

Amy is passionate about teaching and believes in helping her students cultivate a love of learning, challenging them to excel and reach their goals, and helping them to develop a strong exam technique. As a tutor, she fully embraces modern technology as an effective learning tool.

If you would like 1-2-1 tuition with Amy you can find her profile on our tuition platform.

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