English – GCSE

The one year GCSE English course is specifically designed for people over 18 who need to improve their grade for personal, professional or educational reasons. Level 2 literacy skills are essential for increasing your scope for further study or employment. Our GCSE in English is an exciting course which offers many opportunities to develop your own ideas and abilities using materials specifically designed for learners aged 18 or over.

What topics/modules are covered?

  • Study a novel from the literary heritage.
  • Create your own short stories.
  • Analyse spoken language gaining research skills needed for further education. Build confidence in public speaking by completing projects that use role play, discussion and presentation skills.
  • Examine the ever increasing impact the media (news, TV and radio) has on society.
  • Learn how to write an academic essay.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have achieved a grade D (new grading system: 3) previously to retake your GCSE in one year (or be competent at Level 2). If you haven’t got a D (new grading system: 3), don’t worry. Take a look at our Improve Your English course.

Start date



1 year.

Where will I be based?

The Balliol Building, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23
and 1st full level 2
Aged 19+
and unemployed
Aged 19+, not 1st full level 2
and not unemployed
Free Free Free £392

Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:55