English Language programmes are designed to further improve and enhance personal skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. These qualifications are for native English speakers who have not yet achieved GCSE English at grade 4 (C).

PLEASE NOTE: The delivery method for this programme (online or in-person) is currently being reviewed.

  • Description

    We will help you to assess the right pathway for your current level. Pathways include:

    Brush Up Your English (Functional Skills) This is basic English course for anyone who can speak English and wants to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening. We aim to help you improve your confidence and to progress towards further learning or employment.

    Topics covered include:

    • Reading
    • Writing, including spelling and punctuation
    • Speaking to others
    • Listening

    GCSE English Language Designed to develop and enhance your personal skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. It will prepare you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices and to use language to participate effectively in society and employment.

    Topics covered include:

    • Studying written language
    • Using written language
    • Literary reading and creative writing
    • Spoken language
  • Entry Requirements

    You will be required to undertake a diagnostic assessment prior to acceptance on the programme.

    Those wishing to take the GCSE pathway should have a working knowledge of sentence structure and paragraph structure and how to write for audience and purpose. You should also be able to read for inference and meaning.

  • Qualification
    • Functional Skills Qualification in English; or
    • Eduqas GCSE English Language
  • Progression

    These qualifications can support your application to a vocational qualification or support employment applications. GCSE English at grade 4 (grade C) is required for entry to Higher and some Further Education courses.

  • Assessment

    Assessment of reading and writing will be through two external examination papers, which usually take place in June. Speaking and listening skills will be assessed through an in-class presentation.

  • Home Study

    One or two hours of homework will be set each week.

  • Work Placement

    This programme does not require you to undertake work experience.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Programmes are free for qualifying UK and EU/EEA citizen. There are no additional fees associated with this programme.

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.