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GCSE English Language

Course aims

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • read a range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • apply an understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions
  • use knowledge gained from reading a wide range of texts to inform their own writing
  • speak and write effectively using Standard English

Course length

One year course

Daytime classes are two 2.5 hour sessions per week. Evening and Saturday morning classes are one 3 hour session per week. The courses run from September to May. You must be available to sit your GCSE written exams on 2nd and 5th June 2020.

Two year course

Daytime classes are 3 hours per week. The courses run from September to June. Your GCSE exam will be in June 2021. You must be able to commit to studying for 2 years.

Who is this course for?

GCSE English Language courses are for those who wish to gain a GCSE to improve job or higher education prospects. They are for learners who do not already have a grade C (or Grade 4) or above in this subject.

Will I gain any qualification?

You will gain GCSE English Language

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Your written English (spelling, punctuation and grammar skills) must be secure before you start the course. There is an assessment which will determine whether the course is the right level for you.

Please note, continuing on the course past week 5 is dependent upon passing a Unit 1 Assessment.


You will study a variety of different texts; tackle creative writing tasks and complete a Speaking and Listening unit. There will be a Spoken Language assessment carried out in class in the spring term, plus two written exams on 2nd and 5th June 2020 Your written exams will take place at a central exam venue; not the centre at which you are studying the course

What could this course lead to?

The course can lead to A Level, BTEC and Access courses, Higher Education and employment.

How will I learn?

There will be individual tasks, pair work and group activities. You will be involved in presentations, discussions and use of an online course to support your GCSE learning.

You will have an online Individual Learning Plan which sets targets that are personal to you. Targets will be added throughout the course to develop your English skills and support your journey to achieve long term goals. Your tutor will give you regular feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

What we require of you as a learner?

PLEASE NOTE: for L1 and L2 Fast Track GCSE courses (evening and Saturday morning courses) you will need to be a confident user of IT with access to IT at home. You will undertake bskb online modules as part of your course of study.

You will be invited to a 1:1 progress review with your tutor at least once every half term. This will take place either half an hour before or after your normal class time.

You will need to provide paper, pens, folders and poly pockets. You will be encouraged to use your own device (smartphone or tablet) to access online dictionaries and apps to support your English learning in class. You will be expected to spend three hours on homework tasks every week.

To ensure you make good progress, we expect students to attend every session and arrive on time. If you are unable to attend a session, you will be required to email your tutor with the reason for non-attendance and you will be set work to complete at home.

Useful websites

AQA Exam Board -www.aqa.org.uk/8700

Open University online course to develop reading and writing skills needed for study at university https://www.open.edu/openlearn/languages/everyday-english-2/content-section-overview-0?active-tab=description-tab

BBC Bitesize:https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zcbchv4

Birmingham Adult Education Service:www.learnbaes.ac.uk

Other information

You must book and attend an Initial Assessment which will take place before the course starts. Call your local centre or the Information Line on 0121 303 4318.

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