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Entry Requirements

You would normally have a grade D/3 in GCSE English Language, a Level 1 or 2 Functional skills English or equivalent. Before you enrol, you will have an aptitude test with one of our tutors to help us decide what level is right for you and to assess your commitment to the course.

Who is the course for

Achieving at least a grade C/4 in GCSE English can open up a wide range of new opportunities including promotion at work, university entrance, training courses (teaching/accountancy) or access courses. In addition, you will acquire skills which you can apply in many aspects of your everyday life.

As part of the course, you will learn to investigate and analyse language as well as experiment and use language, creatively. You will also learn advanced grammar rules, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and sentence structure while developing your ability to understand and compare texts such as fiction and non-fiction on set themes. You will write reviews, articles and narratives as well as study spoken language.

Achieving this qualification will increase your confidence and motivation. The skills you gain will be invaluable in the workplace or in any further learning.

Course Content

You will enhance your skills for life and further study through a wide range of tasks. These include: Practise reading:

  • Read literature fiction texts from the 20th and 21st century.

  • Read non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

  • Read literary non-fiction texts.

Practise writing:

  • Descriptive.

  • Narrative.

  • Presenting a viewpoint.

Practise speaking and listening:

  • Make a presentation.

  • Respond to questions and feedback.

  • Use standard English.

Study Methods

  • 3 hours of classroom tuition per week, in the evening.

  • Homework.

  • e-learning/directed self-study.

How is the course assessed

You will be regularly assessed during your course and receive feedback to help you develop the skills required for the external exams.

GCSE English Language is assessed in three parts:

  • Paper 1. Explorations in creative reading and writing. (Exam 1 hour 45 mins.)

  • Paper 2. Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (Exam 1 hour 45 mins.)

  • Speaking and Listening: to be completed in class in term 1.

Where next - Further Studies

Your next step might include university entrance, training courses (teaching) or access courses.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Gaining a GCSE English Language 4-9 can provide an entry point into a wide variety of career options and other further study.

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - if you would prefer to submit a paper form please click here to download a copy. Please fill it out and return it to: Admissions, Harrow College, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3AQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.