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English Language GCSE

Level 2 GCSE Programme

Developing your skills in creativity, imagination and both written and verbal communication, this one-year qualification enable you to extend your range of GCSE qualifications to progress to Level 3 courses.

You will read and respond to written texts from different periods; comparing the works in pairs, small groups and class discussions. Your lessons will be interesting and varied and will include independent work, use of IT, creating displays, writing, question and answer sessions and watching and discussing videos.

Working as part of a cohesive group, receiving tutorial support and study skills assistance from our specialist staff, you will build the foundations to enable you to be successful on a Level 3 study programme.

Course Content

This course is for students who have not yet achieved Grade 4 in English at GCSE and wish or need to improve their grade either for employment purposes or to move on to a Level 3 programme.

Teaching methods include answering questions, writing, watching and discussing videos, creating displays, individual work (including the use of IT) and extra-curricular activities. We offer workshops to extend and support your skills, and one-to-one support is also available.

You will read and respond to one 19th century literary prose extract. You will also write one piece of original creative writing from a choice of two.

You will read and compare two non-fiction texts: one 20th century and one 21st century. One text may be literary non-fiction. You will also write one piece of original
transactional writing from a choice of two. If you have taken Spoken Language in school and have obtained at least a pass grade, you will not need to take it again.


  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: Edexcel

Special Features

Students will enjoy this course because lessons are fun while they also develop students’ skills and confidence in both writing and responding to texts. Our texts are always topical so that students learn a lot about what is happening in the world around us.

Our lessons are always lively and interactive which enables students to develop their self-expression while also to form strong friendships.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at Grade 3, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Students who have not achieved a Grade 4 in GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths must retake these as part of their study programme

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

English GCSE opens a wealth of opportunities and will enable you to access a vast range of  L3 programmes.

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