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For many people the most important aspect of English is good writing and you will have ample opportunity to improve your spelling, punctuation and general writing skills on this course as you build up your folder of written controlled assessments that take place in class.

What You'll Need

Students should be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment and motivation to complete the course.

Entry Requirements

Students should be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment and motivation to complete the course and a grade D in English GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2.

Dates and Times

We are hoping to run this course again in Autumn 2017.

Attendance is once a week, either in a daytime or an evening class.

There may also be a fast track option starting in January 2018.

Course Content

During the course you will read, write about and discuss:

  • A range of media texts drawn from magazines, newspapers for Reading and Comprehension Paper 1
  • A range of literary fiction texts for Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.
  • A range of non-fiction texts, which might include autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, travel writing and leaflets for Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives.
  • Texts from other cultures and traditions, which may include literature for controlled assessment.

The course is designed to develop competence and confidence in speaking and listening, reading and writing. This is achieved by encouraging you to play an active part in your learning. To this end there will be a wide range of tutor-led, whole class, small group and individual activities designed to help you improve your writing skills. You will be expected to spend some class time preparing your written coursework. Individual tutorials will be held during these times to offer feedback and agree new learning targets.

GCSE English courses include a Spoken Language assessment, which takes the form of a presentation in class and responding to questions and feedback oral coursework (evidence of speaking and listening). This simply means that the topics covered will be discussed in both informal and more formal classroom situations, pair or small group situations with other students and your subject tutor. You will be given opportunities to convey information, analyse existing text and express your point of view.

The course encourages active reading. This enables you to be aware of the ways in which writers try to inform, entertain or persuade you. Besides the work in class, you should plan to do at least another hour or two of personal study. Some of this will involve reading short stories, novels, newspapers, magazines or anything else that will help you become more familiar with the different styles of writing and use of language. regularly used by the professionals.

Exams and Assessments

Two 1-hour 25 minute exams. Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. Paper 2: Writers' viewpoints and perspectives. Each paper consists of section A (reading and analysing language) and section B (extended writing question).

Controlled Assessments also take place in class. Controlled Assessments include: Description, narration, analysis of spoken language and analysis of a prose text such as a story or narrative, an essay on prose from other cultures or a piece of discursive writing (an argument, for example).


GCSE in English Language


This is a course certificating literacy often taken by people in work or wanting to move on to a variety of Level 3 courses.

Course Fees

If you have not previously achieved a Grade C or higher in GCSE English, the course is fully funded, with no cost to you, with the exception of any except for adults currently on a higher education course.

If you are resitting to improve on a Grade C, you will be liable to pay a fee. Please call 01904 770400 for details. A fee reduction may be available depending on your circumstances. For more information follow this link.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770400.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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