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English GCSE - Level 2


On the English GCSE course you will develop your written and spoken language skills. You will also read a wide range of texts that will cover the English language in a variety of forms, aiming to achieve a qualification that is highly valued by employers in a range of working environments.

We are following the new GCSE 9-1 specification. Grades 9-1 replace A*-G. 

Entry requirements

18+ only

This course is aimed at those who have achieved a GCSE English grade D or E previously (or an equivalent).

Before you can enrol onto this course, you will need to complete a homework task and a computer-based assessment in the subject you wish to study, but don’t panic, you will be given areas to revise before you take the assessment.

Start dates and fees

If you have not achieved a grade C/4 or above before the course will be FREE.

If you currently have a grade C/4 or above but would like to improve your grade, the cost will be £812.

Please note there are no fee remissions if on benefits.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
01/11/2021VariousTBC1 yr(s)1124A101FREE£810.00** EApply
18:00 - 20:30
TBC1 yr(s)1124A108FREE£810.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

For more information on GCSE start dates, times and fees please contact us on our enquiries line 0808 100 3626 or email

How long is the course?

34 weeks.


How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% exam based.

There are two papers, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes to be taken at a time set nationally by the external exam board in June.

In addition, it is a requirement of the course that you complete a presentation or debate task for the spoken language unit. This will be visually recorded for the exam board and awarded on a separate scale of Pass/Merit/Distinction.

What does the course lead to?

It places learners in a good position for applying to university and opens the doors to a range of jobs.   

What will I study?

Across the year you will focus on developing a number of skills while studying a variety of extracts from literary texts spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The main skills you will cover are:

  • Being able to identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.
  • Selecting and synthesising evidence from different texts.
  • Being able to explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
  • Evaluating texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.
  • Communicating clearly, effectively and imaginatively; selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.
  • Organising information and ideas; using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • Using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

The exam will cover:

  • Reading and responding to texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century using a range of the skills listed above.
  • Writing to inform, explain, describe, argue and persuade.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

Apply online

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