English Language – GCSE

Time:6pm -9pmDuration:30 weeks
Qualification:GCSE English LanguageAwarding Body:AQA


About the Course

This qualification develops the skills students need to read, understand and analyse a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century texts, as well as to write coherently and accurately using a range of sentence structures and vocabulary. Content includes:

  • Critical reading and comprehension
  • Summarising ideas and synthesising from more than one text
  • Evaluating author vocabulary, grammar and structure
  • Comparing texts
  • Producing clear and coherent text
  • Writing to persuade and inform
  • Creative Writing


Grades 9-1 are available for students.


You should expect to complete 3 hours of homework per week in addition to class attendance and exam revision

Entry requirements

Students who apply to study these courses with us will be invited to attend a session at the college to complete an online assessment. This will show us which level you are ready to study at.

This course is likely to be suitable for learners who have recent experience of studying English either at Functional Skills or GCSE level.


Students will sit the national public GCSE exams in accordance with the timetable set by the Awarding Body.  These take place outside of normal lesson times, during the day. Students will also sit an internal Spoken Language assessment during normal lesson time.


Learners will attend weekly lessons in college. This course may incorporate an element of live remote lessons where appropriate.   It is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.

Learners also benefit from access to the college library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.


This course will help you with employment or further education.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please click here or call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or  adulted@collyers.ac.uk.


Students are required to attend a college induction on the first evening of the course


This is a free course (fully funded) for UK residents who have lived in the UK for the last 3 years and who do not already have an equivalent qualification. For funding options for EEA nationals and non-UK national citizens see our Fees and Funding page.

Prior to enrolling on any qualification course, please consider carefully if you have the time to commit to this course.

If you start a course and do not complete it, or if your attendance rate is low, this might affect your eligibility to join funded courses in the future.

Our qualification courses are government funded and it is our responsibility to ensure that the funding is used effectively to help learners progress and develop. We will work with you to ensure that you achieve your personal goals and those of the course.