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What You'll Need

Students should be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment and motivation to complete the course.

Some qualifications will start with an introductory course to build your confidence, check your starting point and build your basic skills.  

Duration and Attendance

There are various dates and times available for this course. Please contact the InfoZone on (01904) 770770 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Students should note this is a ‘fast-track’ format of the course and therefore has a demanding schedule.

What You'll Do

For many people the most important aspect of English is good writing and you will have ample opportunity to improve your spelling, punctuation or general writing skills as you build up your folder of written coursework.

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

  • A range of media texts drawn from magazines, newspapers, television and film
  • A range of non-fiction texts which might include autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, travel writing and leaflets
  • Texts from other cultures and traditions which may include literature
  • A range of literary texts covering plays - including Shakespeare - poetry and prose.

Coursework consists of: an essay on a Shakespeare play, a story or narrative, an essay on prose from other cultures and a piece of discursive writing (an argument, for example).

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 skills. You will be expected to spend some class time preparing your written coursework. Individual tutorials will be held during these times to offer feedback and agree new learning targets.

GCSE English courses include oral coursework (evidence of speaking and listening). This simply means that the topics covered will be discussed in both informal and more formal classroom situations, pair or small group situations with other students and your subject tutor. You will be given opportunities to convey information, analyse existing text and express your point of view.

The course encourages active reading. This enables you to be aware of the ways in which writers try to inform, entertain or persuade you. Besides the work in class you should plan to do at least another hour or two of personal study. Some of this will involve reading short stories, novels, newspapers, magazines or anything else that will help you become more familiar with the different styles of writing regularly used by the professionals.

How You Can Progress

This is a course certificating literacy often taken by people in work or wanting to move on to a variety of Level 3 courses.

Course Fees 

£0 - £811.

For most people the course will be FREE as they are funded by the government. However, if you already have a GCSE grade C or above in this subject, are studying for a higher education qualification, or haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the past three years, there may be a fee.

If you are resitting to improve on a Grade C, you will be liable for a fee. Please call 01904 770770 for details. A fee reduction may be available depending on your circumstances. For more information follow this link.

*Courses costing over £200 can be paid for in instalments.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.


If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please drop us a line on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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