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GCSE English Language

Course aims

By the end of the course learners will be able to

  • Read a range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • Understand and use grammatical terminology and language features
  • Use knowledge gained from reading a wide range of texts to inform their own writing
  • Speak and write effectively using Standard English

Course length

Daytime classes are 2 x 2.5 hour sessions per week. Evening and Saturday morning classes are one 3 hour session per week.

These are Blended Learning classes - in addition to attending the session, this year-long course requires you to access online learning resources between sessions to conduct independent study. You will need to be a confident user of IT.

GCSE courses run from September to May. You must be available to sit your GCSE written exams in the summer. Dates will be confirmed when you start the course.

Both courses start with a short Skills for life course. This will enable you to devise a personal plan that sets realistic targets for your English course and gives you an opportunity to review achievements and aspirations for life and work.

Who is this course for?

GCSE English Language courses are for those who wish to gain a GCSE to improve job or higher education prospects. This course is free for learners who do not already have a grade C (or Grade 4) or above in this subject.

Will I gain any qualification?

You will gain GCSE English Language

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Your written English (spelling, punctuation and grammar skills) must be secure before you start the course. There is an assessment which will determine whether the course is the right level for you.

Please note, continuing on the course past week 5 is dependent upon passing a Unit 1 Assessment.


You will study a variety of different texts; complete creative writing tasks and a Speaking and Listening unit. There will be a Spoken Language assessment in the spring term, plus two written exams in the summer. Your written exams will take place at a central exam venue.

What could this course lead to?

The course can lead to A Level, BTEC and Access courses, Higher Education and employment.

How will I learn?

There will be individual tasks, pair work and group activities. You will be involved in presentations, discussions and use of online materials to support your GCSE learning.

You will have an online Individual Learning Plan which sets targets that are personal to you. Targets will be added throughout the course to develop your English skills and support your journey to achieve long term goals. Your tutor will give you regular feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

What we require of you as a learner?

You will be invited to a 1:1 progress review with your tutor.

You will need to provide paper, pens, folders and poly pockets. You will be encouraged to use your own device (smartphone or tablet) to access online dictionaries and apps to support your English learning in class. You will be expected to spend three hours on homework tasks every week.

To ensure you make good progress, we expect students to attend every session and arrive on time. If you are unable to attend a session, you will be required to email your tutor with the reason for non-attendance and you will be set work to complete at home.

Other information

You must book and attend an Initial Assessment which will take place before the course starts. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Information Line on 0121 303 4318.

Useful websites

AQA Exam Board:

Open University online course to develop reading and writing skills needed for study at university:

BBC Bitesize:

Birmingham Adult Education Service:

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