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GCSE English Language (AQA)

Subject Area
Start Date
20 September 2021
Additional Start Date
21 September 2021
Additional Start Date
3 November 2021
Additional Start Date
20 January 2022
Study Mode
Various Available
15 - 31 Weeks

This is a widely recognised qualification that is often needed for employment or further training, the course is anyone for does not currently hold a GCSE English Language qualification or the grade they require and wishes to progress their learning.

The course is designed to develop competence and confidence in speaking and listening, reading and writing. This is achieved by encouraging you to play an active part in your learning. To this end there will be a wide range of tutor-led, whole class, small group and individual activities designed to help you improve your writing and reading skills, both in the classroom and independently/online.

Course Modules/units

During the course you will read, write about and discuss:

A range of literary fiction texts for Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.

A range of non-fiction texts, which might include autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, travel writing and leaflets for Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives.

GCSE English courses include a Spoken Language assessment, which takes the form of a presentation in class and responding to questions and feedback.

Entry Requirements

Students should be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment and motivation to complete the course and a grade D/3 in English GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2. If you don’t have any prior qualifications, you can come in for an assessment interview and we will be able to advise you on the best course for you.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Eve)20th Sep 2021 – 6th Jun 2022, Mondays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 31 weeks

September (Aft) – 21st Sep 2021 – 7th Jun 2022, Tuesdays, 12.30pm – 3pm, 29 weeks

September (Eve) – 21st Sep 2021 – 7th Jun 2022, Tuesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 31 weeks

November (Eve)3rd Nov 2021 – 8th Jun 2022, Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm, 26 weeks

Fast Track - January (Day) – 20th Jan 2022 – 26th May 2022, Thursdays, 9.30am – 3pm, 16 weeks

Study Method

There will be a range of work in class, including discussions, group work and individual work, with an equivalent time spent on personal study and homework, including using online resources.


Two 1 hour 45 minute exams.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.

Paper 2: Writers' viewpoints and perspectives.

Each paper consists of section A (reading and analysing language) and section B (extended writing question). These are usually in the first week of June (dates to be confirmed) and a spoken language assessment, which includes a presentation and discussion.

Course Fees

If you have not previously achieved a Grade C/4 or higher in GCSE English Language, the course is fully funded, with no cost to you, with the exception of adults currently on a higher education course.

If you are resitting to improve on a Grade C/4, you will be liable to pay a fee.

Additional Costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Many of our students go on to Access to Higher Education qualifications or other Level 3 courses, for the purpose of retraining or studying at university.

Career Progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in English to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests.

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