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GCSE English


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course aims to develop skills in both spoken and written English as well as the ability to read a wide range of written texts analytically.

This qualification will enable adults of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

GCSE English is an essential subject which forms part of the minimum entry requirements for a wide range of careers. Achieving GCSE English will benefit you both in daily life and in your career.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course has various start dates throughout the year.

Depending on your chosen study mode, the course can take between 17 weeks and one year to complete and can be studied either during the day or in the evening.

It is also recommended that you undertake an additional 1.5 hours per week of self-study.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

Written work will cover:

  • How to analyse a variety of non-fiction texts
  • How to write in a range of styles for different audiences and purposes, e.g. a newspaper/ magazine article, a journal, a play extract or a creative piece
  • How to analyse an aspect of spoken language in different contexts, e.g. children's language or the language of soap operas

Research techniques and language analysis will be central to many of the assignments.

Speaking and listening skills will involve group and individual assignments and will run throughout the course. They are organised in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere. In order to consolidate the skills taught, you will need to do directed study in your own time.

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

You will need to sit two end of year exams in June consisting of Paper 1 and Paper 2. You will also undertake a spoken language assessment. Your tutor will fully support you in your assessments.

If you have previously studied GCSE English with us over the last two years and did not achieve a grade 4, you may have the option to sit the GCSE English exam in November.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No, you do not require any other qualifications, however entry to this qualification will be based upon the results of an initial and diagnostic assessment that you will be required to undertake upon application.

What are the course fees?

This course is free to study providing you do not hold a grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above at GCSE level.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Gaining a GCSE in English can lead to several progression opportunities. You may decide to undertake further study either in further or higher education.

Generally this qualification will enhance your CV and improve your employability prospects.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Andrea Beatty