ASDAN Accelerating Progress: English

This course is designed to boost progress in GCSE English courses through developing the key skills needed to succeed

About the course

This course is designed to support learners in year 9, 10 and 11 through GCSE English courses as well as those retaking English GCSE with learning in a small group of no more than 6 learners.

The aim is to boost grades by developing the essential English language skills required for English GCSE. There is a special focus on gaining the skills and knowledge to reach at least the 4/5 grade level in GCSE English.

The course identifies the key skills that hold learners back from gaining a grade 4 or 5. These skills were selected following teacher feedback, exam script analysis and reviewing the outcomes from a range of students in Years 10 and 11.

The skills are:

(a) understanding the purpose of a text;

(b) understanding the audience a text is written for;

(c) explaining the effects of language and structure;

(d) understanding writers’ choices, such as point of view, and

(e) being able to retrieve information.

One of the key elements of the Accelerating Progress course is that it develops whole-text understanding which is an important requirement of the current English GCSE. Without this, learners would struggle to analyse the effects of language and compare writers’ ideas and perspectives in a way that helps them score well in the exam.

The course provides accreditation for learning for each 10 hours of accredited work with up to 10 credits available for 100 hours of accredited work. The rate at which learners progress through the accredited hours will vary and the course blocks all include teaching and revision of key topics needed for the work in that module to help learners achieve the best outcomes and develop their knowledge and skills. This course will run in other holidays and during term time sessions as well.

These credits can be used towards other ASDAN qualifications. Find out more here.

Learning is in a small group with a maximum of 6 learners with our highly experienced specialist teacher Amanda Porter. Amanda has an inclusive and engaging teaching style and a strong desire to see all learners achieve their best.

Key Course Information

Next holiday online workshop dates:

Monday 24th August 2020 to Friday 28th August 2020, 1.30pm to 3.30pm daily, £275 per learner – NOW FULL, MORE DATES COMING

Tuesday 1st September 2020 to Friday 4th September 2020, 10am to 12.15pm daily, £220 per learner, NOW FULL, MORE DATES COMING

Location: online group learning via Microsoft Teams. We recommend downloading the laptop app which is free and a free Microsoft account will be needed to gain access to the group in Microsoft Teams

Cost: £275 for the holiday week long workshops, £220 for the bank holiday week workshop

Group learning: maximum of 6 learners per group

Materials: the ASDAN e-portfolio subscription for this course is included in the course cost, if hard copies of the learner books are requested this would cost an additional £18.00 including postage. PDF certificates are included in the course cost. Course materials will be emailed a week before the course starts.

How to register: please complete the registration form to sign your learner up for the summer workshop or the Saturday workshops.

How to pay: once you have completed registration you will receive our payment details to make payment which is required up front before the start of the course. If there were to be a problem with your registration we will let you know.

Our ASDAN Registration

Acorn to Oak Education is an ASDAN registered centre with number 38206. We offer ASDAN short courses and programmes.

According to our safeguarding procedures all members of staff are subject to DBS and other employment checks including in relation to identity, right to work in the UK and reference checks.