GCSE English

Now taking applications for September 2022! This enjoyable and popular course will enhance your skills and confidence in English, both verbally and in writing. It will also help you develop an insight into the rich heritage of writing in English and (along with GCSE Maths) forms part of the minimum entry requirements for a wide range of careers including nursing, teaching and the police force.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      £811 or FREE if you do not currently hold grade A*-C/9-4 or an equivalent
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Study Mode
      Part Time
    • Start Date
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
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  • Overview

    Your written work will cover:

    • how to analyse a variety of both fictional and non-fictional texts from the past and the present
    • how to write in a range of styles for different audiences and purposes, for example, a newspaper/magazine article, a speech, a narrative or other creative piece.

    Speaking and listening skills will involve one assignment which will be organised in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere.

    In order to consolidate your progress, you will need to complete directed study in your own time.


  • Entry Requirements

    Before you enrol we will ask you to take a Skills Check just to find out the current level you are working at. This will allow us to provide you with suitable advice and guidance about whether this is the best course for you. This course is free if you do not currently hold GCSE English at Grade A*-C (or 9-4 on the grading system from 2017 onwards).

    Regular and punctual attendance is expected in order for you to make progress and realise your full potential.

  • How will I be assessed?

    There are two exams, each 1 hour and 45 minutes long, and each testing both Reading and Writing skills. There is also an internally assessed Speaking and Listening component.

  • Progression Pathway

    A GCSE in English Language allows you to progress to a range of higher level studies and careers.

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.

  • Delivery Method - Classroom

    This course is currently fully delivered in the classroom with social distancing measures in place. This is under regular review and any changes will be updated here.