Course: GCSE English Language

Study Level


Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


1 Year



The course is designed to enhance your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Having a C/Level 4 or above in English is exactly what employers are looking for so this course will help prepare you for further study and employment.

You will cover:


  • Understanding fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Identifying language techniques used in texts for effect
  • Evaluating trends in the way we speak, text and write


  • Writing fiction and non-fiction texts for purpose and effect
  • Essay-writing
  • Improving spelling, punctuation and grammar

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Use of Standard English

As well as being able to show off your C grade/Level 4, the writing of your CV and covering letters is likely to vastly improve as you gain knowledge of how to write in different formats and styles. You will learn about using language for specific purposes which will help you persuade employers to take you on!

This course is free for adults to study, subject to your personal circumstances. Please contact our Admissions team on 0800 854 695 or email for further details.

To find out the next course start date, please email


A D-grade/Level 3 in English Language or a Level 1 in Functional English. If your prior attainment is lower than this you will study Functional English to prepare you for GCSE English.


There are two written exams in June to assess your skills in: Exploration in Creative Reading and Writing, and Writers’ Viewpoint and Perspectives. The papers contain a mix of short, longer form and extended questions.


Having a GCSE in English will open more doors for you:

With a suitable Level 3 qualification and your GCSE, you could go to university

You can progress on to level 3 courses in practical or theoretical subjects

You could go on to A Levels

You’ll be immediately more employable

Writing assignments in other subjects will be easier

Finding and applying for work will be easier

You’re more likely to gain an apprenticeship/traineeship

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