Key Stage 4: GCSEs

English Language

Course Overview

Entry requirements

Four or more GCSEs at Grade 3 including:

  • GCSE English Language and maths at Grade 3 (or equivalent)
  • Progression from Level 1, and appropriate recommendation report

Course information

The aim of the course is to give students confidence in written and spoken English, which will provide them with the skills to achieve well in all other written subjects, whether GCSE English Language is being taken as part of a GCSE package or as a stand-alone qualification alongside a limited range of Level 3 courses.  With a pass in GCSE English Language, students are able to progress onto a wide range of Level 3 courses.

You can expect to:

  • Read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
  • Read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • Summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • Use knowledge gained from reading to inform and improve your own writing
  • Write effectively and coherently using standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • Listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken standard English effectively

Students will generally combine this course with up to three other GCSEs or a Level 2 BTEC course. Some Level 3 courses are possible with a stand-alone GCSE English Language re-sit course.

  • How you are assessed

    100% Exam

  • Why study at NCC?

    GCSE English Language will develop the skills students need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately, using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for different purposes in a variety of contexts. The course consists of two equally-balanced papers of 1 hour 45 minutes, each assessing reading and writing in an integrated way. The assessments have been designed to inspire and motivate students, whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are accessible to the full range of students.

Available Campuses

Dates Schedule Max. fee if paid
Start: 02/09/2024
End: 30/05/2025
Mon to Thu (08:30 - 14:00)<BR>or Tue to Thu (08:30 - 14:00)<BR>or Tue to Thu (10:15 - 15:45)<BR>or Mon to Thu (10:15 - 15:45)<BR>or Mon to Wed (08:30 - 14:00)<BR>or Tue to Fri (08:30 - 11:45)<BR>or Mon to Wed (10:15 - 15:45)<BR>or Wed (12:30 - 14:00)

What Can This Course Lead To

GCSE English Language is the most important qualification that students take.  Without a pass in this GCSE, progression onto A Levels or Level 3 BTEC courses is very limited and almost all university degree courses, and many employers, also require a pass in GCSE English Language. If students are successful on this one-year, intensive course, they can progress to study a wide range of Level 3 courses here at College or they can go direct into apprenticeships or further training.

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