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GCSE English



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Two and a half hours per week, over 34 weeks. Classes are available evening or daytime



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What does this course involve?

GCSE English is designed to enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. Further advice will be given on delivering presentations and performing other speaking and listening tasks.

The course is broken down into 2 units, both assessed using a final, unseen examination:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

Section A: Reading - one literature fiction text (25%)

Section B: Writing - descriptive or narrative writing (25%)

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

Section A: Reading - one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text (25%)

Section B: Writing - writing to present a viewpoint (25%)

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language (0% weighting of GCSE)

• presenting

• responding to questions and feedback

• use of Standard English


• teacher set throughout course

• marked by teacher

• separate endorsement


What qualifications do I need?

4 Ds or 3s including English and maths or a relevant full level 1.


You will complete 2 final exams, both unseen. There will also be speaking and listening assessments, throughout the course of study.

Fees & Costs

There is no fee for GCSE English provided you do not already hold the qualification at grade C or above.

For more information please contact Support Services:

Broadstairs – 01843 605040
Dover – 01304 244332
Folkestone – 01303 858216

Courses Levels: 
Level 1

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