Sussex Downs College

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Sussex Downs College is located in East Sussex; providing high quality education and training for almost half of the county’s young people. With East Sussex County Council we are a co-sponsor of The Eastbourne Academy – an 11-16 academy which is rapidly raising standards and improving life chances for young people in the heart of Eastbourne. We are also a member of the 157 Group of Colleges nationally, who work together to promote and develop further education. The high standards at Sussex Downs College are founded on the expertise, experience and talents of our staff and the many achievements of our learners.

THE COLLEGE VISION IS…
…to be a forward-thinking College; valued by the learners, parents and employers that we serve for promoting high expectations and for contributing to social, cultural and economic prosperity. Through our expert and committed staff, we will build and sustain our reputation for excellence; supporting all our learners to achieve their potential, gain personal fulfilment and enhance their employment prospects.

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Basic
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk
Japanese Beginners :

We will learn the basics of the language and gain confidence to speak in everyday situations. We will cover basic topics such as shopping, directions, ordering a meal or booking a room. By the end of the course you will be able to speak and understand basic language and grammar.

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
No previous experience required, this course is for complete beginners who have an interest and enthusiasm in the subject and wish to take on a challenge.

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice

Japanese Beginners Continuation:

Aimed at students who have completed the first 10 week course, it builds on the basic knowledge acquired previously by improving your understanding in a variety of practical situations

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
Completion of the Beginners 10 week course or similar knowledge is required.
If you have not completed the first course but wish to join a continuation, please contact the College

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the College for advice
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk
Spanish Level 1 for Beginners:

On this course you will learn how to communicate in Spanish in order to carry out everyday transactions such as ordering food and drink in a bar or restaurant, making a reservation for a hotel and dealing with travel and accommodation arrangements for tourists. You will also learn to give directions and ask the way to various destinations. At the end of the course you will achieve an award covering four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The course consists of one lesson per week; most of the work for the qualification is carried out in lesson time.

Learning Spanish is part of making the world go round, as 350 million people around the world speak Spanish. By choosing to learn this language, you will be able to communicate with people in many parts of the world and open up your horizons.

How will I be assessed?
There is no exam at the end of the course. Instead you will put together a portfolio of evidence during the year, which will be the basis of your assessment for the award.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
No subject specific entry requirements.

Who should take this course?
You should take this course if you are interested in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world and are willing to participate in role-plays to practise basic speaking situations.

Spanish Beginners: (Newhaven)
Aimed at complete beginners, this will give you the basics of the language and confidence to speak in everyday situations. During the course we will aim to cover basic topics such as shopping, directions, ordering a meal and booking a room. By the end of the course you will be able to speak and understand basic language and grammar. Tutor: Elena Sanchez

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
No previous experience required, this course is for complete beginners who have an interest and enthusiasm in the subject and wish to take on a challenge.

Who should take this course?
19 plus learners, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.

Spanish Beginners Continuation : (Eastbourne)
Aimed at students who have completed the first 10 week course, it builds on the basic knowledge acquired previously by improving your understanding in a variety of practical situations

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
Completion of the Beginners 10 week course or similar knowledge is required.
If you have not completed the first course but wish to join a continuation, please contact the College

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the College for advice

Spanish A Level: (Lewes)
You will study a range of interesting and challenging topics and learn how to express yourself fluently and confidently. Studying grammar is essential and will enable you to develop translation skills into Spanish and into English. A literary Spanish text and a popular Spanish film will be studied over two years

The study programme is supplemented with weekly oral classes in small groups. You will also study independently in our fully equipped and staffed Languages Self Access Centre to enhance your learning.

Studying Spanish at this college further offers the exciting opportunity to meet and interact with Spanish native speakers who are studying here on an International College programme.

How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course you will be given weekly homework and regular tests. At the end of the two year course you will sit the final exams. The oral exam consists of a presentation of an individually chosen and researched project and discussion on other topics.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need GCSE Spanish grade B or above.

Who should take this course?
Learners who enjoy 'having a go' and communicating in Spanish, are interested to understand the way the language works, and are prepared to make a real commitment to completing weekly homework tasks involving the learning of new structures and vocabulary.

Spanish A Levels: (Eastbourne)
In this course, over the two years, you cover a wide variety of exciting topics such as:
Media, Popular Culture, Lifestyle, Health and Fitness, Environmental Issues, Immigration, Crime, Wealth and Poverty. You will also study Spanish Cinema and Literature. Alongside these, you will increase your confidence in writing, speaking, reading and listening as well as develop these essential studentship skills - with attributes such as resilience and independence- which all lead to successful learning at and beyond College.

How will I be assessed?
The A level Spanish is linear with assessment exams at the end of the two-year course. However, throughout the course you will be given weekly homework, regular progress tests and exam practice.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need GCSE Spanish grade B or above.

Who should take this course?
Anyone who is passionate about Spanish and Spanish speaking countries. Students who are interested in learning new grammatical structures and vocabulary and want to get to grips with the way the language works. You will also need to enjoy communicating in Spanish and expressing your own opinions.

Spanish A2: (Lewes)
In A2 Spanish, we pay particular attention to developing the language of argument debate, and students are encouraged to express and defend their own point of view. They devote time to the study of a Spanish literary text, and develop essay-writing and research skills through the medium of the Spanish language. Points of advanced Spanish grammar are also covered, and applied in the translation of English texts.

Those topics covered at AS Level are dealt with in more detail, and additional A2 topic areas (customs, traditions, beliefs and religion; national and international events; past, present and future; literature and the arts) are also studied with reference to the Spanish-speaking world.

The study programme is supplemented with weekly oral classes in small groups with a native speaker to practise discussion skills. You will also study independently in the Languages Self Access Centre, which is fully equipped with books, study guides, magazines, and computer-assisted learning resources.

A study visit to Spain will further enhance your experience and learning.

How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course you will be given weekly homework. At the end of the course, you will sit the Edexcel Unit 3 oral exam and Unit 4 writing exam.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to have passed AS Level Spanish. Students achieving below a D grade in their AS will require a guidance interview before progression on to the A2 is confirmed.

Who should take this course?
This is the right course for you if you enjoy expressing and developing opinions and would like to develop your range of advanced language structures. Regular essay writing and research will help you refine advanced transferable study skills .

Spanish A2 : (Eastbourne)
You will study the topics of: The Environment, Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues. You will also study two cultural topics; currently the work of a director and a work of literature.

How will I be assessed?
100% examination
One speaking exam and one reading, writing and listening exam.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to have passed AS Level Spanish. Students achieving below a D grade in their AS will require a guidance interview before progression on to the A2 is confirmed. Subject to a diagnostic test, there is a fast-track option available to enable you to complete the AS and A2 in one year.

Who should take this course?
This course is suitable for students who love to communicate in the target language and have a real interest in other cultures.

Spanish Improvers :
You will have the opportunity to revise and consolidate your existing skills and competence. It is for students who have completed a beginner course or who have studied the language for approximately 1 year. We will aim to build and extend on the basic skills acquired previously. By the end of the course you will be able to communicate more confidently on a wider range of topics. Tutor: Montserrat Castano

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should have completed the beginners/continuation course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 1 year. If you are unsure about your level, please contact the college.

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Italian Beginners Continuation:

Aimed at students who have completed the first 10 week course, it builds on the basic knowledge acquired previously by improving your understanding in a variety of practical situations

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
Completion of the Beginners 10 week course or similar knowledge is required.
If you have not completed the first course but wish to join a continuation, please contact the College

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the College for advice.

Italian Improvers:
You will have the opportunity to revise and consolidate your existing skills and competence. It is for students who have completed a beginners course or who have studied the language for approximately 1 year. We will aim to build and extend on the basic skills acquired previously. By the end of the course you will be able to communicate more confidently on a wider range of topics. Tutor: Susie Fra

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should have completed the beginners/continuation course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 1 year. If you are unsure about your level, please contact the college.

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.

Italian Intermediate:

You will have the opportunity to revise and consolidate your existing skills and competence. You should have already completed the improvers course or have the equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 2 years. We will aim to build on current skills, broaden your vocabulary and increase your confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. By the end of the course you will be more confident in speaking and understanding the language

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should have completed the improvers course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 2 years such as a GCSE grade C. If you are unsure about your level, please contact the college.

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.

Italian Post Intermediate:

You will expand your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary by introducing and practicing more complex structures. You will also have the opportunity to improve your speaking and listening skills as well as increasing your reading and writing ability. You should have already completed the intermediate course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 3 years. Tutor: Susy Fra

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should have completed the intermediate course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for 3 years such as a GCSE grade B or above. If you are unsure about your level, please contact the college.

Who should take this course?
This course is aimed at adult learners, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic
Chinese A2:

This course is aimed at native Mandarin or Cantonese speakers who want to gain an A level qualification in Chinese. You will study exam techniques in reading, writing, speaking and listening in Chinese and you will gain skills in translation from English to Chinese and Chinese to English

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through external examinations.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You need to be a native speaker in Mandarin or Cantonese and studying full-time at the College to enter this course.

Who should take this course?
You should take this course if you are a native speaker in Mandarin or Cantonese and you want to boost your academic profile with an additional A level qualification in Chinese. This can help with progression to university courses.

Chinese AS Level:

What will I study?
This course is aimed at native Mandarin or Cantonese speakers who want to gain an A level qualification in Chinese. You will study exam techniques in reading, writing, speaking and listening in Chinese and you will gain skills in translation from English to Chinese and Chinese to English

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through external examinations.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
The course is suitable for native Chinese speakers and requires an English IELTS level of IELTS 5.5

Who should take this course?
You should take this course if you are a native speaker in Mandarin or Cantonese and you want to boost your academic profile with an additional AS level qualification in Chinese. This can help with progression to university courses.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Cafe French Conversation:

No books, no homework, no grammar! Just 100% French conversation. Speak about actuality, culture, travelling, express your opinion, tell anecdotes, all in a friendly ambience in front of a cup of coffee. Lead by a native French speaker. To attend this class it is expected that you will have a reasonable knowledge of spoken French. Tutor: Beatrice Cracosky

How will I be assessed?
The tutor will provide on-going assessment throughout the sessions

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
learners age 19 and over who have an interest in the subject are welcome, but you will be expected to have a reasonable knowledge of spoken French.

French Beginners Continuation:

Aimed at students who have completed the first 10 week course, it builds on the basic knowledge acquired by improving your understanding in a variety of practical situations

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
Completion of the Beginners 10 week course or similar knowledge is required.
If you have not completed the first course but wish to join a continuation, please contact the college

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.

French A Level:

French Improvers:
You will have the opportunity to revise and consolidate your existing skills and competence. It is for students who have completed a beginner course or who have studied the language for approximately 1 year. We will aim to build and extend on the basic skills acquired previously. By the end of the course you will be able to communicate more confidently on a wider range of topics.

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should have completed the beginners/continuation course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 1 year. If you are unsure about your level, please contact the college.

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.

French Intermediate:
You will have the opportunity to revise and consolidate your existing skills and competence. We will aim to build on current skills, broaden your vocabulary and increase your confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. By the end of the course you will be more confident in speaking and understanding the language. Tutor: Beatrice Cracosky

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should have completed the Improvers course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 2 years such as a GCSE grade C. If you are unsure about your level, please contact the college.

Who should take this course?
19 plus learners. If you are under 19 please contact the college for advice.

French Post Intermediate:
You will expand your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary by introducing and practicing more complex structures. You will also have the opportunity to improve your speaking and listening skills as well as increasing your reading and writing ability. You should have already completed the intermediate course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for at least 3 years. Tutor: Sue Moorton

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should have completed the intermediate course or have equivalent knowledge of studying the language for 3 years such as a GCSE grade B or above. If you are unsure about your level, please contact the college.

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the college for advice.

French A2 :

This course builds on the skills you have developed at AS and continues to enable you to become more fluent and confident with the target language.
You will consolidate and extend your understanding of grammar and increase your vocabulary through the study of several topics.
You will study the topics of: The Environment, Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues. You will also study two cultural topics; currently the work of a director and a work of literature.

How will I be assessed?
100% examination
One speaking exam and one reading, writing and listening exam.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to have passed AS Level French. Students achieving below a D grade in their AS will require a guidance interview before progression onto the A2 is confirmed. Subject to a diagnostic test, there is a fast-track option available to complete the AS and A2 course in one year.

Who should take this course?
This course is suitable for students who love to communicate in the target language and have a real interest in other cultures. There are many careers that you may wish to follow that allow you to work abroad with a second language.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
German A Levels:
German A2:

The A2 course will involve the study of a German literary text and German history, and you will develop essay-writing and research skills as part of this. You will also be introduced to advanced German grammar, which you will apply through the translation of English texts into German. A further element will be engagement with the language of argument and debate, and you will be expected to express and explain your own opinions clearly, and defend them when challenged.

AS Level topics will be explored in more detail, and additional A2 themes will also be covered (customs, traditions, beliefs and religion; national and international events: past, present and future; literature and the arts).

The study programme is supplemented with weekly oral classes in small groups with a native speaker to practise discussion skills. You will also study independently in the Languages Self Access Centre, which is fully equipped with books, study guides, magazines, and computer-assisted learning resources.

A study visit to Berlin will further enhance your experience and learning.

How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course you will be given weekly homework. At the end of the course, you will sit the Edexcel Unit 3 oral exam and Unit 4 writing exam.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to have passed AS Level German. Students achieving below a D grade in their AS will require a guidance interview before progression on to the A2 is confirmed.

Who should take this course?
This is the right course for you if you enjoy expressing and developing opinions and would like to develop your range of advanced language structures. Regular essay-writing and research will help you refine advanced transferable study skills.

German Beginners Continuation:

Aimed at students who have completed the first 10 week course. It builds on the basic knowledge acquired previously by improving your understanding in a variety of practical situations

How will I be assessed?
Continuous informal assessment throughout the sessions, and where appropriate, through the use of Individual Learning Plans, as specified by RARPA

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
Completion of the Beginners 10 week course or similar knowledge is required.
If you have not completed the first course but wish to join a continuation, please contact the College

Who should take this course?
Learners over 19, if you are under 19, please contact the College for advice

German AS:

A range of topics will be studied in this course with reference to the German-speaking world. These topics can be grouped under the broad headings of youth culture and concerns, lifestyle, health and fitness, travel and tourism, environmental issues, education, and employment.

You will practise to develop more advanced listening and reading skills in a variety of contexts, whilst finding out about German culture and ways of life. You will learn to communicate with confidence and increased accuracy in written and spoken German, and express your own point of view. The study of German grammar is an important and integral part of the course.

The study programme is supplemented with weekly oral classes in small groups with a native speaker. You will also study independently in the Languages Self Access Centre, which is fully equipped with books, study guides, magazines, and computer-assisted learning resources.

A study visit to Germany will further enhance the experience and learning.

How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course you will be given weekly homework and regular progress tests. At the end of the course, you will sit the Unit 1 oral exam and Unit 2 combined listening, reading and writing paper.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to meet our standard entry requirements. As part of the above this must include a minimum of a grade B in GCSE German. Subject to a diagnostic test, there is a fast track option to take the As and A2 in one year for students who are bilingual.

Who should take this course?
Those who are interested in exploring the way languages work, are willing to 'have a go' at speaking German, and have the determination to complete weekly homework tasks such as learning new grammatical structures and vocabulary.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
ELP English Language Plus (Eastbourne) :

English Language Plus (ELP) is a 21 hour course designed to improve your level of General English. It covers everyday topics such as family and friends, work and hobbies, and conversational topics such as the environment, the global economy, and sport to name a few. You will develop effective communication skills to build your confidence to participate in conversation as well as learning how to write in a range of styles to suit different formalities. Highly qualified teachers will help you to improve your pronunciation and accuracy of grammar use while extending your vocabulary range. You will choose an exam class and one option class as part of the course (English for Business, British Culture and Society, Academic English with IELTS, or Additional English). You will be taught in a friendly and supportive environment and encouraged to reach your full potential.

There are no qualification entry requirements but students need to have a Pre-Intermediate level of English (CEFR A2 or above).
English Language Plus is suitable if you want to improve your general English, work towards a Cambridge exam such as PET, FCE or CAE, or IELTS and study a wide variety of English for specific purposes classes. You need to be 16 years old at the start of the course.

ELP English Language Plus (Lewes) :

On this course you will improve your general English, work towards an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) exam and study a wide range of options.
The General English classes will include sessions on General English, Spoken English, Writing and Vocabulary. Exams classes include PET, First Certificate, Cambridge Advanced Exam and IELTS. The options include Art, Academic English, Business English, BEC, Literature, Travel and Tourism and TOEIC.
You must be at least 16 years old and the course is suitable if your level of English is Pre-intermediate or above.

Students choose our English Language programmes to help them gain entry to university, improve their employment opportunities or for pleasure. You should take this course if you are interested in improving your General English and would like to become more fluent and accurate in both your spoken and written English. Classes are offered at many different levels and we will place you with students who have a similar level of English to yourself. You will study in a friendly and supportive environment, allowing you to grow in confidence and reach your full potential. The course would also be suitable for students wishing to take one of the Cambridge suite exams (PET, FCE, CAE), IELTS or the BEC exams.

English Language A2:
You will build on the linguistic knowledge you acquired at AS, gaining a deeper understanding of the key constituents of language through an independent research project into an aspect of language that interests you. You will then go on to study how children develop language and how English has changed over time and how English is used in different regions of the world.
Unit 3: Language Diversity and Children's Language Development
You will learn how children learn to speak and write and how English has changed and developed over time and in different regions.
Unit 4: English Language Investigation and Presentation
You will choose an area of language study to investigate, collect data and present and analyse your findings.

How will I be assessed?
60 examination and 40% coursework.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to have passed AS Level English Language. Students achieving below a D grade in their AS will require a guidance interview before progression on to the A2 is confirmed.

Who should take this course?
Students who are fascinated by how language works and how it is used in different contexts.

English Language and Literature A Level :

What will I study?
This qualification has the following key features:
• developed in partnership with EMC, an award winning educational charity, highly regarded by the English teaching community
• a coherent approach to integrating language and literature that draws on the discipline of stylistics and other literary and linguistic practices. This
gives learners a clear idea of what is expected and is recognisable within the disciplines of English Literature and English Language in universities
• a strong emphasis on the relationship between interpreting and producing texts so that the two reinforce each other
• an emphasis on creative writing, drawing on the study of texts throughout the course
• a non examined component that allows learners to develop their interests and expertise through a piece of independent and sustained comparative analysis and a piece of original nonfiction writing
• a wide-ranging anthology of spoken and written non-fiction texts spanning different contexts and time periods forms a key element in the teaching
of linguistic approaches
• an appealing and interesting selection of set texts, carefully chosen for the requirements of each component
• a very wide range of literary texts, from Shakespeare and Brontë to 21st century writers such as playwright Jez Butterworth, and nonfiction genres such as transcripts, satire and memoirs
• an unseen element that encourages wide reading and textual analysis, developing
independence and the ability to apply literary and linguistic knowledge effectively
• flexibility within a supportive structure – a chance to slant the course more towards literary or non-literary texts through learners’ choice of texts for the non examined component.

How will I be assessed?
There are two external exams at the end of the 2 year A level (each worth 40% of the marks) and one piece of independent coursework worth 20% of the marks.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to meet our standard entry requirements and the following course specific entry requirements: grade A*-C in English Language GCSE and A*-C in English Literature GCSE (if taken). Grade B or above in both English GCSEs is highly desirable.

Who should take this course?
Students who have a wide-ranging interest in English of all sorts, particularly the everyday English that is all around us and modern texts. You should love reading literature in all its forms, plays, poetry and prose. You should also have an interest in reading non-fiction such as autobiography. This course will provide the opportunity to write creatively and to analyse and improve your own writing.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge PET, Cambridge CPE, Cambridge CAE, Cambridge FCE
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Summer Preparation Course:

This course is suitable for students who have an upper intermediate level (B2) of English and who wish to take the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) exam. At the end of the course you will take the FCE exam at a nearby test centre.

The course will help you improve all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. It will also further develop your vocabulary and grammar and give you an appreciation of informal and formal styles in writing. All of these skills are essential to your success when taking the FCE exam.

You will receive 5.6 weeks of tuition followed by the opportunity to take the FCE exam at the end of your course.

It is important that your level of English is upper intermediate (B2) before starting this course. Therefore we advise you to take the online English language test available on the Cambridge Exams website before making your application http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/

If we consider your level of English to be lower than upper intermediate (B2), we will allow you to transfer to the Adult Summer Course which combines General English with various options and can be joined from 29 June 2015.
You must be at least 16 years old.

English Language -part-time (Eastbourne):

Tuesday Afternoon

These Cambridge Exam Preparation classes develop the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills required to achieve the relevant Cambridge Exam. Although it is not necessary to take an exam at the end of this course, the focus is on exam preparation.

Preliminary English Test (PET) This course is for students with a strong pre-intermediate or intermediate level of English.

First Certificate (FCE) This course is for students with an upper intermediate level of English.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) This course is for students with an advanced level of English who have ideally already taken the FCE.

IELTS This course is for students with an intermediate level of English who need to be thoroughly prepared for the IELTS test.

Or:

Wednesday Afternoon
IELTS Preparation

This course is suitable for students with an intermediate level of English who wish to follow an academic or vocational course in the UK and need to be thoroughly prepared for the IELTS test. Emphasis is placed on academic English and the development of the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that are required to achieve a good score in the test. The test is available on campus at least once a month.
Our standard requires your English language level to be A2 or pre-intermediate.
Part-time courses are particularly suitable if you are working or have other commitments and want to improve your general English or work towards a Cambridge exam such as PET, FCE or CAE or IELTS. You need to be 16 years old at the start of the course.
Many of our students return home to find better jobs or successfully find work in the UK and other English speaking countries. Other students continue their studies.

English Language - Part Time (Lewes) :

CAMBRIDGE PRELIMINARY ENGLISH TEST (PET)
This class prepares students for the Cambridge Preliminary English Test .
CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE IN ADVANCED ENGLISH (CAE)
This class prepares students for the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) exam and is suitable for more advanced students. The CAE exam can be taken at the college in December, March and June.

CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH (CPE)
This class is suitable for those students who have taken the Cambridge Advanced English exam and can be taken at the college in December and June.

IELTS
This is a course which helps students prepare for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam and is primarily for someone wishing to study at a British university.

English GCSE :
This course enables you to develop the reading, writing and research skills that you will need to achieve your English GCSE.

For the examination you will study a range of non-fiction texts and practise writing in a range of different genres.

How will I be assessed?
This qualification is formally assessed in an exam.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need GCSE English Language grade D.

Who should take this course?
All students who have not yet achieved a Grade C in English will be required to work towards this. this course is also suitable for those who need a grade C or higher for entry onto level 3 courses.

English Language A level: (Eastbourne)

English Language A Level is an exciting course in Linguistics and will develop your understanding of the way language is used in a wide range of situations. You will analyse and discuss grammar use in literature, advertising, conversations and in other genres. You will also study the history of English and its development as a global language and how children acquire it.With interesting text and data-based sources of language, the course will introduce you to the study of English in its various forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for analysis . Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows you to build on your language repertoire. The course has a linear structure studied over two years.You will also create your own highly creative pieces for the Original Writing and Investigation coursework.

How will I be assessed?
2 examinations at the end of the two year course (80%) and two pieces of coursework (20%).

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to meet our standard entry requirements and the following course specific entry requirements are a grade B in GCSE English Language.

Who should take this course?
If you are interested in words, then this course is ideal for you. It will enable you to develop your analytical and research skills and give you a wider perspective on how we use vocabulary in a variety of situations such as formal and informal language.

English Language A Level: (Lewes Campus):

You will study two units:
1 Language, the individual and society, including the exploration of textual variety and children’s language development.
This area of study introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.

2 Language diversity and change, exploring language diversity and change over time.
Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.

You will complete an independent Language investigation, pursuing an area of individual interest. For example, this might include studies of:
•representations of different individuals, social groups or nationalities
•regional dialect
•gendered talk
•the language of new communication technologies
•children’s language use
•the language of the media
•the language of different occupations or pastimes
•historical changes in English over time.

You will also produce one piece of original writing based on one of the following three areas:
•• the power of persuasion
•• the power of storytelling
•• the power of information
and one accompanying commentary.
In preparation for the writing, students will study a range of style models before selecting and analysing one style model in detail. Students will select their own style model in consultation with their supervising teacher. Students will then use this research to inform their own piece of original writing.

How will I be assessed?
You will take two 2 hour 30 minutes exams at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1: Language, the individual and society
• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 40% of A-level


Paper 2: Language diversity and change
• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 40% of A-level


Coursework: Language in action
• word count: 3,500
• 20% of A-level

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You will need to meet our standard entry requirements and the following course specific entry requirements: grade A*-B in English Language GCSE.

Who should take this course?
Students who are fascinated by the English language and its structures and variations. You should enjoy analysing a variety of texts and be prepared to learn precise terminology to describe these.

IELTS Preparation - Eastbourne :
The IELTS Intensive course (Eastbourne campus)aims to thoroughly prepare you for the IELTS test. You will be taught in multi-national classes by trained IELTS teachers. You will be rigorously prepared for the reading, writing, listening and speaking parts of the IELTS test and develop the specific language skills you need. You will learn how to deal with difficult academic texts, follow lectures and conversations in an educational context. The course also teaches you how to structure academic writing and report statistical data. It will help you develop your knowledge of the language to talk about topical and global issues so that you can discuss these with greater clarity in spoken discussions and in your writing.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through regular timed exam practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking. During the tutorial we will discuss your progress, set targets and explore how you might improve the way you study. There are also mock exams to help you measure your progress.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
No formal qualifications are required but students need to have an IELTS level equivalent to 4.0.

Who should take this course?
This course is ideal if you wish to progress to study at a British university on an undergraduate and postgraduate course or need to take the test for professional purposes. It is also the first step towards studying other vocational or academic subjects in further or higher educational colleges in any English speaking country. You must be at least 16 years old.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
English Language - Part Time (Lewes):

ACADEMIC ENGLISH
This course helps students with their academic study skills, such as essay writing, academic vocabulary, note-taking and listening to lectures.

English Language Preparation for Academic or Vocational Studies :
What will I study?
On this course, students will study a combination of English Language (General English and/or English for Specific Purposes, and IELTS) and optional supplementary academic or vocational studies such as GCSEs (in subjects such as Maths, Photography, Science and Spanish)or BTEC qualifications (such as Certificates in Art and Design, Information Technology, Travel and Tourism; and, Extended Certificates in Business, Health and Social Care, Media, Performing Arts and Sport).

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through methods such as course work, completion of homework, progress tests, interviews and examinations.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You must be at least 16 years old.
You must have an English Language level equivalent to IELTS 5.0 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in all four papers.
You must have successful completion of one year of Senior Secondary School (e.g. Form Four in Hong Kong).

International Foundation Year:

What will I study?
The International Foundation Year (Lewes campus) is a one year fast track and targeted course designed to fully prepare you for a demanding university degree course. You can choose from a range of courses: Business, Computing, Science, Maths, Sociology, Applied Earth Sciences and Engineering.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through work submitted for your three AS subjects (or A level plus AS subject), end-of-term internal tests as well as a full IELTS test taken at our Test Centre in Eastbourne. In addition, you will be required to complete a Research Project (minimum 2,500 words) and a formal presentation based on your chosen pathway at university.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
Our standard requirements are that you hold a Senior Secondary School leaving certificate above GCSE level and English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.0 in each paper.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
English Language - Part Time (Lewes):

ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS (BEC)
This course, which is for intermediate students and above, is in preparation for the Cambridge Business for English Exam (BEC).

BUSINESS WORLD
These classes, which are for intermediate students and above, will cover the main areas of general business, e.g. sales, production and marketing.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
English iGCSE:

This subject is an essential qualification for entry to employment, further and higher education, including the Access to HE course. The course covers both oral and written language, writing and reading skills. Some study of literature, including Shakespeare, is included but the emphasis is on clear, competent and fluid writing. The tuition time allowed for this course is 2.5 hours per week and therefore very intensive, needing a high level of commitment from the student to succeed. Please note that this is an examination class.
Qual: CIE First Language English (CIE).

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
There are no previous required; however, selection is by interview

Who should take this course?
Learners aged 19 and over who require a GCSE English qualification.

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Lewes Summer School:

This is a 20 hour/week programme for overseas students.

General English is offered from Pre-Intermediate (A2)to Advanced (C2) levels, from Monday to Friday mornings, 15 hours/week.

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (5 hours/week), you can choose from options which may include Everyday English (for lower levels), Business English, UK Culture and Tourism, Academic English/IELTS test preparation, and Teaching Methodology.

FCE preparation is a separate 20 hour/week course offered in July & August.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through methods such as completion of homework and progress tests.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You must be at least 16 years old and the course is suitable for you if your level of English is Pre-Intermediate (A2) or above.

Who should take this course?
Students choose our English language programmes to help them gain entry to university, improve their employment opportunities or for pleasure. You should take this course if you are interested in improving your General English and would like to become more fluent and accurate in your spoken and written English. You will study in a friendly and supportive environment, allowing you to grow in confidence and reach your full potential.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
CELTA Teaching of English to Speakers of other languages:

We offer candidates a place on the course because we think they have the potential to attain a pass. The pass is based on successful completion of course work and teaching practice, and is subject to your meeting the specific criteria.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You should be aged 18 with a high degree of accuracy and fluency in both the spoken and written aspects of English language with a high standard of education–CAMBRIDGE CELTA recommend University entrance standard but a degree is often required by language schools. You do not need a second language

Who should take this course?
You should be aged 18 with a high degree of accuracy and fluency in both the spoken and written aspects of English language with a high standard of education–CAMBRIDGE CELTA recommend University entrance standard but a degree is often required by language schools. You do not need a second language.

CELTA Grammar Course:
The Cambridge CELTA course requires trainees to be able to breakdown grammatical concepts and analyse different areas in order to effectively plan their teaching sessions. This is something that many trainees find challenging.
Sussex Downs College have designed a short course specifically to address this area. It provides a general introduction to the different tenses used in English, then demonstrates how to breakdown the grammar and analyse the relevant aspects.

How will I be assessed?
Through informal monitoring, group work and presentations.
There is time to practise and work through examples so that trainees feel more confident when they are asked to do this on the CELTA course.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
The same as a CELTA candidate
You should be aged over 18
with a high degree of accuracy and fluency in both the spoken and written aspects of English language
with a high standard of education – Cambridge recommend university entrance level e.g. 3 A levels

Who should take this course?
If you are considering undertaking a CELTA course at SDC or elsewhere this course would provide you with a very good foundation in language analysis and awareness.
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Our popular Young Learner programme offers you the chance to improve your English, whilst making friends with other young learners from many different countries. It covers everyday topics such as family and friends, sport and hobbies. The lessons are dynamic and interactive and taught by teachers with experience of young learners. We make learning fun, so in addition to your lessons you will also take part in an exciting activity programme visiting famous places such as London, Cambridge, Oxford and Brighton. You will stay with an English Host family and be able to experience the British way of life.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed throughout the course and teachers will talk to you about your progress, set targets and show you how to improve the way you study. There are also fun tests and quizzes to measure your progress.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?
You don’t need to have any previous qualifications - just a willingness to learn.

Who should take this course?
The Young Learner Programme is an all-inclusive programme suitable for individual or groups, provided they are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Students must be between 11 and 17 years old.
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