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English Language GCSE (Part-time)

This is a one-year course leading to the nationally recognised GCSE qualification. You will follow the AQA (8700) GCSE English Language qualification introduced in 2015, which uses the new 9 -1 equivalent of A-U grades. The course is designed primarily for those for whom English is their first language, and you will improve your ability to communicate clearly and effectively in your development of reading skills and writing, with an additional spoken element. You will learn how to employ a wide-range of vocabulary, improve your grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal writing style and an awareness of the audience being addressed as well as the writer’s intentions.

Entry requirements

This course is for adults only and is not available to those studying at other institutions. To access this course you will need to come to an interview and assessment to help us decide whether this is the appropriate course for you. If English is your second language, you may be advised to take an English as a Second Language qualification instead. You may also be advised to take an assessment for Dyslexia if that is needed.

To advance on to the adult part-time GCSE English course you will need to pass an online BKSB assessment at 65% or over and complete a separate reading and writing exercise. If you are successful you will then be contacted by the tutor with regard to enrolling on to the course.

Course content

The course will include:

  • Writing in different styles and formats for different purposes
  • Development of grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Reading and analysing a variety of reading material – both 19th century and contemporary texts
  • Development of spoken language skills

Assessment methods

Paper 1
Section A: Reading – One literature fiction text.
Section B: Writing – Descriptive or narrative writing.
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks / 50% of GCSE)

Paper 2
Section A: Reading – One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text.
Section B: Writing – Writing to present a viewpoint.
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks / 50% of GCSE)

There is also a spoken assessment in the form of a presentation which will be included on the final certificate but doesn’t count towards a final grade.

You will be given regular feedback on your work and opportunities to complete mock exams.

Further study and career options

A grade C or equivalent in GCSE English is often required by employers or for university or professional courses. It is also almost always an entry requirement for A-Levels, and for university or professional courses.

Additional information

This course is free to UK and EU residents. You will be required to purchase books and resources for the course at a cost of £30.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 14/09/2020 Thu 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm Free - subject to eligibility (£20 resources fee) Cauldwell Street BBP2055 Course in progress

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Additional formats
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