GCSE English – Adult

Adult Skills & Training

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Part Time - 11th September 2023



Course introduction

This course offers you the opportunity to develop literacy skills that are essential for higher education or gaining employment. 

It has been designed for those who wish to achieve a grade 4 (previously grade C) or higher in GCSE English. 

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.

Teaching & learning

You will be taught using the following methods:

  • Tutor-led sessions
  • Tutorials and discussions
  • Individual, paired and group tasks

You will also be required to complete homework outside of your lessons. 

Course structure

You will read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

For each text studied, you will complete a substantial follow-up, 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. 

Minimum entry requirements

  • Before joining the course you will be required to attend an assessment session to confirm you are working at levels appropriate for the GCSE.
  • If you are not currently working at a level which is suitable for the course, 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?

  • Two examinations, comprised of reading and writing tasks based on previously unseen texts. 
  • A non-examination assessment of spoken language will also be carried out by your teacher and it is a compulsory element of this course.
  • Your exams will be assessed by external examiners.

Information & support

You will be expected to provide your own folders and stationary.

We have a dedicated Skills Development team who can provide specialised support to students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

What can I do with this qualification?

Achieving a grade 9 to 4 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.

It is a vital qualification for many kinds of employment, usually at grade 4 or above. It is also a requirement for most further education courses, including A Level.  

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