When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Marie Powell
  • Course Code W21ELHB01A

What you will learn

Gain a qualification either to improve your job prospects or to meet the entry requirements for an Access to Higher Education or HND course. The English Language GCSE course will develop your use of English - reading, writing and verbal communication - and introduce you to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Read and respond to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Read and analyse different texts for a variety of key features including use of language, imagery and structure
  • Write sophisticated pieces of creative and persuasive writing using accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Identify a range of language techniques and apply them in your own writing
  • Confidently deliver presentations and participate in discussions

Class format and activities

This course is Online plus, which means each week you will spend one lesson in college and one lesson online using Microsoft Teams. You will work to develop your reading, writing and presentation skills. You will work on your own and in groups to discuss and share ideas. You will also complete regular reading and writing assessment tasks. Achievement on your course will be measured by a pass at grade 4 or above in your GCSE English Language exams. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an Access to Higher Education or HND course.

Entry requirements

You must be fluent in spoken English and have the skills to write accurately and expressively. You may have previously studied GCSE English Language but achieved below grade 4 (grade C). All students must sit an assessment to ensure they are at the right level to begin the course. Not all students who apply are offered a place. Assessment dates are updated regularly on our website.

What you need to know before you enrol

Excellent attendance and punctuality is expected from all students. The course carries a considerable workload and you will be expected to complete at least two hours a week independent study.

What you need

As half the course is online, you will need a reliable internet connection and a computer or laptop. You will need a pen, A4 lined paper, highlighter pens and a ring binder folder for your assignments. You will also need a dictionary and the CGP workbook: GCSE AQA English Language Complete Revision & Practice (https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/all-products/complete-revision-practice).

What you can do next

If you successfully complete the course, you may be advised to progress to an Access to Higher Education course or Vocational Study area such as Business or Childcare.