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GCSE English Fast Track - Level 2


Teaching a wide range of English-based skills, this free fast-track course helps you to achieve a GCSE qualification in just 18-weeks.

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.

This course is only open to adult learners aged 19+ and is currently offered on a flexible basis, covering daytime and evening classes.

Start dates and fees

Start Dates

  • Please get in touch to find out when the next start date is.


  • This course is free to learners who are aged 19+ and do not have a grade D/3 in GCSE maths.
Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners 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

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.

Entry requirements

  • This course is for learners aged 19+ only
  • For learners who have achieved a GCSE at grade 3/D (or lower) in English and aiming to improve their grade.
  • 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. You will be given areas to revise before you take the assessment.

How long is the course?

18 weeks

How will I be assessed?

You will take three externally assessed examinations in May and June.

One of these will be a non-calculator examination and the other two you will be permitted to use a calculator.

Each examination is an hour and a half and will be held at our Derby Road campus.

What does the course lead to?

  • Level 2 courses
  • Level 3 courses
  • An apprenticeship
  • University-level study
  • Employment


There isn't currently career information listed for this course.

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