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I am a mature student. I left school about 17 years ago and would like some advice about studying GCSE English literature privately.
I have recently started a GCSE English language course (Edexcel) at my local adult education centre. I would like to sit a GCSE English lit exam privately but have no idea how to go about it.
I was thinking of paying £200 or so and using an online learning provider such as ICS etc, but have been advised to teach myself and book an exam privately.
I would like to hear from somebody who has gone down this route and how you went about it.
I have inquired at a few colleges that except external candidates for exams but am still waiting to hear back from them.
Ideally, what I would like to know is how do I learn what is required to pass the exam? Is there an official workbook or program I need to follow? Is it just a case of reading the literature required and then answering the questions on the exam? Do I pick any books from the list provided to study or will my exam paper be specific to one title?
Also, I am currently studying English language, so can I use what I am learning there and apply it to my literature exam? Is it possible to learn this way or Ian it essential that I have a tutor? Are there any other methods I can use to study and prepare for my exam?
FInally, I am aware that Edexcel will provide me with unique student number when I register for my exam. I will also receive a number when my college register me for the language exam. Does it matter that these are different or should I find out what my number is from my college before I book the literature exam independently?
Thank you very much for you help. I appreciate any feedback. Any help or info would be great.
THank you,
Michael
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(Original post by Michaelggg)
I am a mature student. I left school about 17 years ago and would like some advice about studying GCSE English literature privately.
I have recently started a GCSE English language course (Edexcel) at my local adult education centre. I would like to sit a GCSE English lit exam privately but have no idea how to go about it.
I was thinking of paying £200 or so and using an online learning provider such as ICS etc, but have been advised to teach myself and book an exam privately.
I would like to hear from somebody who has gone down this route and how you went about it.
I have inquired at a few colleges that except external candidates for exams but am still waiting to hear back from them.
Ideally, what I would like to know is how do I learn what is required to pass the exam? Is there an official workbook or program I need to follow? Is it just a case of reading the literature required and then answering the questions on the exam? Do I pick any books from the list provided to study or will my exam paper be specific to one title?
Also, I am currently studying English language, so can I use what I am learning there and apply it to my literature exam? Is it possible to learn this way or Ian it essential that I have a tutor? Are there any other methods I can use to study and prepare for my exam?
FInally, I am aware that Edexcel will provide me with unique student number when I register for my exam. I will also receive a number when my college register me for the language exam. Does it matter that these are different or should I find out what my number is from my college before I book the literature exam independently?
Thank you very much for you help. I appreciate any feedback. Any help or info would be great.
THank you,
Michael

1. You become a private candidate and find a private test centre whom you pat a fee. part of it is to cover the exam fee and part to use their facilities. Its going to be in the region of £120 to £200 it all depends so shop around. The college might let you do it there.

2. You can study via online course in which case you get tutor support of varying quality, few marked essays and some notes. You still have to pay 1 above.

3. You teach yourself and bit the textbooks plus practice exams. You may get a tutor if needed. Its important imo to have some essay feedback as thats the skill you are developing.

4. You look up the specification and then pick the books and plays in line with what they suggest.

5. I would probably do AQA exam board and use Mr Bruff and Mr Salles two famous youtube English teachers, who also sell revision books an have videos. they take you through the literature and advise on jow to answer questions.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/engl...on-at-a-glance

https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...L12_Englit.pdf


Choose your texts carefully as I believe some are easier or better supported than others.


Books
Brufff lang
http://mrbruff.com/product/mr-bruffs...gcse-language/

Mr Salles
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Salles-Guid...sap_bc?ie=UTF8

Bruff Lit
http://mrbruff.com/product/mr-bruffs...se-literature/

Bruff Lang paper 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-X...vJXCxqT-ZzFqAN

Bruff Lang Paper 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtgp...p7PXId4pbldQVq

Bruff Lit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWj5...GjJvf7zLDCq3uN
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1. You become a private candidate and find a private test centre whom you pat a fee. part of it is to cover the exam fee and part to use their facilities. Its going to be in the region of £120 to £200 it all depends so shop around. The college might let you do it there.

2. You can study via online course in which case you get tutor support of varying quality, few marked essays and some notes. You still have to pay 1 above.

3. You teach yourself and bit the textbooks plus practice exams. You may get a tutor if needed. Its important imo to have some essay feedback as thats the skill you are developing.

4. You look up the specification and then pick the books and plays in line with what they suggest.

5. I would probably do AQA exam board and use Mr Bruff and Mr Salles two famous youtube English teachers, who also sell revision books an have videos. they take you through the literature and advise on jow to answer questions.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/engl...on-at-a-glance

https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...L12_Englit.pdf


Choose your texts carefully as I believe some are easier or better supported than others.


Books
Brufff lang
http://mrbruff.com/product/mr-bruffs...gcse-language/

Mr Salles
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Salles-Guid...sap_bc?ie=UTF8

Bruff Lit
http://mrbruff.com/product/mr-bruffs...se-literature/

Bruff Lang paper 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-X...vJXCxqT-ZzFqAN

Bruff Lang Paper 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtgp...p7PXId4pbldQVq

Bruff Lit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWj5...GjJvf7zLDCq3uN
Thanks a lot for your answers. I really appreciate it. The reason I was looking to do Edexcel is because the English language exam I am taking is with Edexcel so I thought the subjects would cross over and be easier for me.
you mentioned purchasing the text books. Is there a specific book I need?
Also the specification have lists of a few different books and poems I should study. Do I just pick which ones I prefer and will I be able to answer questions on those for the exam or is it the exam centres decision as to what what books the exam will feature?

thanks again for your help.
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Is there an official workbook or program I need to follow? Is it just a case of reading the literature required and then answering the questions on the exam? Do I pick any books from the list provided to study or will my exam paper be specific to one title?
I do not believe there are any 'official workbooks' really, but text guides from CGP and other publishers (most can be found on Amazon) are quite useful and detailed enough to assist you greatly.

There is a set of prescribed texts in Edexcel's English literature specification for all four components of the course (Shakespeare play, post-1914 British literature, 19th-century novel and poetry cluster). You pick one from each in the specification and answer that specific one in the exam (they are all provided in the papers that you sit).

Paper one features your chosen Shakespeare play and your chosen post-1914 British literature; paper two features your chosen 19th-century novel, your chosen poetry cluster and the pair of unseen poems.

(Original post by Michaelggg)
Also, I am currently studying English language, so can I use what I am learning there and apply it to my literature exam? Is it possible to learn this way or Ian it essential that I have a tutor? Are there any other methods I can use to study and prepare for my exam?
Yes, your ability to analyse literary devices and structural features is an integral part of the analysis of the Shakespeare excerpt, 19th-century novel excerpt and all poetry in the exams. This is a crucial skill that crosses over between both courses.

You'll most probably (99%) require a tutor to receive constructive feedback on your essays so that you can improve on them in time for the exams. You'll want to know the errors that are costing you precious marks, and how you can rectify the errors as well.
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I do not believe there are any 'official workbooks' really, but text guides from CGP and other publishers (most can be found on Amazon) are quite useful and detailed enough to assist you greatly.

There is a set of prescribed texts in Edexcel's English literature specification for all four components of the course (Shakespeare play, post-1914 British literature, 19th-century novel and poetry cluster). You pick one from each in the specification and answer that specific one in the exam (they are all provided in the papers that you sit).

Paper one features your chosen Shakespeare play and your chosen post-1914 British literature; paper two features your chosen 19th-century novel, your chosen poetry cluster and the pair of unseen poems.



Yes, your ability to analyse literary devices and structural features is an integral part of the analysis of the Shakespeare excerpt, 19th-century novel excerpt and all poetry in the exams. This is a crucial skill that crosses over between both courses.

You'll most probably (99%) require a tutor to receive constructive feedback on your essays so that you can improve on them in time for the exams. You'll want to know the errors that are costing you precious marks, and how you can rectify the errors as well.
That is great help. Thank you for taking the time to help me. You have answered all my questions. Cheers!
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I do not believe there are any 'official workbooks' really, but text guides from CGP and other publishers (most can be found on Amazon) are quite useful and detailed enough to assist you greatly.

There is a set of prescribed texts in Edexcel's English literature specification for all four components of the course (Shakespeare play, post-1914 British literature, 19th-century novel and poetry cluster). You pick one from each in the specification and answer that specific one in the exam (they are all provided in the papers that you sit).

Paper one features your chosen Shakespeare play and your chosen post-1914 British literature; paper two features your chosen 19th-century novel, your chosen poetry cluster and the pair of unseen poems.



Yes, your ability to analyse literary devices and structural features is an integral part of the analysis of the Shakespeare excerpt, 19th-century novel excerpt and all poetry in the exams. This is a crucial skill that crosses over between both courses.

You'll most probably (99%) require a tutor to receive constructive feedback on your essays so that you can improve on them in time for the exams. You'll want to know the errors that are costing you precious marks, and how you can rectify the errors as well.
That is great help. Thank you for taking the time to help me. You have answered all my questions. Cheers!
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That is great help. Thank you for taking the time to help me. You have answered all my questions. Cheers!
No problem. I sat my English literature and English language exams with Edexcel this summer and got very high marks (above 95%) in both. If you require any more help for Edexcel specifically, then I am more than willing to help because I know it's far from the most popular awarding body for any English course really, which might make things slightly tricky for a mature student who may not be as cossetted as my year 11-self aha.
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No problem. I sat my English literature and English language exams with Edexcel this summer and got very high marks (above 95%) in both. If you require any more help for Edexcel specifically, then I am more than willing to help because I know it's far from the most popular awarding body for any English course really, which might make things slightly tricky for a mature student who may not be as cossetted as my year 11-self aha.
Thanks a lot. I’ll keep that in mind.
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what how did u get such a good grade in English language I’m getting 3’s? Advice pls for a new year 11 my mocks are upcoming
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