GCSE English – Adult

Adult Skills & Training

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Awarding body


Part Time - July 2019



Course introduction

Adult GCSE English Language is an exciting course, which offers you the opportunity to develop literacy skills that are essential for higher education or employment. 

It is particularly designed for students who wish to achieve a level equivalent to grade 4 (previously grade C) or higher.

The course uses a varied selection of materials suitable for learners aged 19 or over and aims to help you to improve your communication skills using a variety of different techniques.


Course structure

Teaching methods include tutor-led sessions, tutorials and discussions, plus individual, paired and group tasks.  The College also has its own dedicated e-learning site that students can access in and out of college.

Minimum entry requirements

Prior to starting on the course, you will be asked to attend an assessment session to confirm you are working at levels appropriate for the GCSE. This will indicate whether you are currently working at a level which is suitable for this course. If this is not the case, alternative course options, such as Functional Skills English, may be offered.

If you have recently achieved a grade 3 (D) GCSE or a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification, then you may not be required to attend an assessment. 

How will I be assessed?

Your assessment will take the form of two examinations, comprised of reading and writing tasks based on previously unseen texts: You will be graded according to the new 9 to 1 system, with grade 4 equivalent to a current C grade.  A non-examination assessment of spoken language, carried out by your English teacher, is a compulsory element of this course. Your examinations will be assessed by external examiners.

Information & support

You will follow one of the new GCSE English Language syllabi. You will read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each text studied will require a substantial piece of writing, focusing on the content, structure and quality of language. The texts, across a range of genres and types, will support you in developing your own writing style. Texts will include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other pieces of writing such as essays, reviews and journalism (both printed and online).

Adult GCSE English currently runs on a Friday afternoon at Brockenhurst main site from 12:35pm to 3pm (includes a break). The college encourages students to be responsible for their own work and you will be expected to provide your own folders and stationary.

The college has a dedicated Skills Development Team which is available to provide specialised support to students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

What can I do with this qualification?

A grade 9 to 4 in English will show that you possess the vital written and oral skills that will help you move on to a more advanced course or employment opportunities. GCSE English Language is an essential qualification for many kinds of employment, usually at grade C/ grade 4 or above.  It is also a requirement for most further education courses, including A Level.  

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