GCSE English Language
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 2 - GCSE Hele Road Centre See below See below Varies Varies £40 (resource fee)* None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course is demanding and fast paced.  You need to be willing to work independently for three or four hours a week in addition to attending your class regularly.  Your teachers will be supportive and will guide you but If you do not already read frequently, you need to start doing so in order to pass the two challenging exams at the end of the year.

The dates for this course are:

Mon                                                  10/09/2018 – 17/06/2019               11:45 – 15:30

Mon                                                  10/09/2018 – 17/06/2019               17:30 – 21:00

Tues                                                  11/09/2018 – 18/06/2019               09:30 – 13:15

Wed                                                  12/09/2018 – 19/06/2019               09:30 – 13:15

Wed                                                  12/09/2018 – 19/06/2019               17:30 – 21:00

Thurs                                                13/09/2018 – 20/06/2019               09:30 – 13:15

Thurs                                                13/09/2018 – 20/06/2019               11:45 – 15:30

Thurs                                                13/09/2018 – 20/06/2019               17:30 – 21:00

Fri                                                      14/09/2018 – 21/06/2019               09:30 – 13:15

GCSE English Language is a key qualification and is suitable for native British learners who got a grade D in their GCSE at school (or a grade 3 if GCSE was taken in past two years) or bilingual learners who have achieved ESOL Level 2 in reading and writing as well as speaking and listening.

*Please note, a fee of £429 applies to ineligible adults from outside the EU or to those who already who have a grade C or above in GCSE Maths. You will not be guaranteed a place on a GCSE course if your application is received after 3rd September 2018.

What topics will I study?

The course prepares you for two final exams.  It is fast paced and you are expected to do a considerable amount of independent study.  Paper 1 requires you to demonstrate understanding of a short 19th century fictional text (e.g. from Charles Dickens) and to produce creative writing at a good standard in terms of vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation.  Paper 2 requires skills such as letter writing, speech writing, report writing and also asks you to study two short non-fiction texts (perhaps a newspaper article with a diary extract on a similar topic) and to compare them.

What are the entry requirements?

Grade D (or grade 3 if taken in the past two years) in previous GCSE English GCSE exams.

ESOL Level 2 Reading and Writing & Speaking and Listening for bilingual learners. 

PLease note, it is not necessary to complete page 2 of the application form. You will not be guaranteed a place on a GCSE course if your application is received after 3rd September 2018.

What facilities are there?

Suitable classrooms with computers and access to the College learning resource centres.

What can the course lead on to?

Access to Higher Education or a range of Level 3 qualifications.

Are there any additional costs?

This is a FREE course but please note there is a resource fee of £40.  For ineligible learners (those from outside the EU or those who have achieved a grade C or grade 4 already) a fee of £429 applies. This includes the £40 resource fee.

What do our students think?

I learnt so much about language, improved my grammar, spelling and punctuation and really grew in confidence thanks to my GCSE English teacher.”

Studying GCSE English was interesting and fun and it was a great way to make new friends too.”


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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