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English Language GCSE

This course is only for students aged 19 years and over and is ideal for anyone looking to improve their level 2 qualification in English. This is one of the qualifications you will need for entry to level 3 courses and for a course at university. As a nationally recognised qualification, it is also required by most employers. This short course is targeted at adults who have narrowly missed out on gaining a grade C or above at GCSE. 


This course will cover the four key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will study a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. You will need to bring pen and paper. Additional course materials will also be provided by the teacher for the purpose of study in class. You will be expected to participate in class discussion, keep up to date with written work (including note taking and drafts of coursework). You will also be expected to spend time between classes preparing for the following week by reading and essay writing.


This course is FREE for all those who are 19 and over and do not currently have this qualification in grades A*-C.


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Browse courses for 16-18 year olds.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code GRENRE/RTA/1 / 10901

    Start Date Tuesday 24 Sep 2024

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £811

    Are concessions available? This course may be FREE for you. Please refer to our Fee Concessions Information to see if you are eligible.

    Examining Body Edexcel

  • Co-funding

    If you meet the criteria for co-funding, then you may be entitled to pay a reduced amount. Co-funded courses are courses that are paid for entirely or in part by the government.

    The total co-funded amount for this course is: £362

  • What qualification or experience do I need to start the course?

    It is preferable that you already studied at GCSE level or equivalent and gained a grade D. If this is not the case, you will be asked to sit an assessment test to ensure that this is the most suitable course for you at this time.

  • How will I be taught?

    The course is class-based with homework. You will be required to spend around two hours per week on homework, however this will vary depending on when coursework preparation is needed.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The course will include one examination lasting one hour and forty five minutes, as well as coursework and speaking and listening assessments.

    There will be three pieces of coursework, each focusing on different genres for a variety of purposes and audiences.

  • What qualification will I get?

    If successful, you will achieve GCSE English grade C.

  • What can the course lead to?

    If successful, you could continue your studies at level 3.

    The course will help you to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

  • How do I join the course?

    Please fill out an equiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible with further application details.

    Your enrolment is subject to successfully completing an initial assessment unless you can provide evidence of having gained a grade D in English Language GCSE in the last five years.

  • How much does this course cost?

    This course is free*

    SFA funding guidelines state:

    Learners aged 19 and over, excluding apprentices, are eligible for full funding to take GCSE English and maths (including GCSE) if they do not currently have these qualifications at grades A* to C, no matter what other qualifications they already hold. If a learner wants to ‘retake’ their GCSE English and maths because they did not achieve an A* to C grade, we would not fund the learner to just resit the exam.

    *Excluding those who have not been resident in the UK for three years or more. If you have not been resident in the UK for three years or more, you will be required to pay a fee. For more information, please call Admissions at 020 8607 8302.

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