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+
GCSE English and maths classes are free* for those who do not already have a grade C/4 in these subjects.

The fee for adults who wish to re-take their GCSE in order to improve their grade from a grade C/4 is £362.

*subject to terms and conditions, including 3 years' residency in the UK, EU or EEC.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.



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 Monday, 03 September 2018 08:41