GCSE English for Adults – Online Fast Track

Course code


Select ‘GCSE English’ at application and an adviser will contact you to discuss a suitable start date. 

Why study this course?

Many adults looking to progress, academically or professionally, are now required to have a Level 2/GCSE qualification in English Language. To pass this qualification learners are required to attain grade 4 or above, therefore meeting the minimum required standard for employability.

Course content

Course content

This course will allow study up to Grade 9 (previously A*).

The course will be taught via one session per week, online via Microsoft Teams.

You will be required to complete regular assessments in order for us to track your progress.


The course will be assessed via a single examination in Summer 2023.

Note: All examinations will require travel to our Whittingham Road campus.

Please note: examinations for this course are externally set and there is no degree of flexibility in changing this. You might be required to attend your exam on a day/time that is different to your lesson. All exam dates will be given to you in advance, once communicated to us by the exam board.

There is also a separate speaking and listening endorsement, where you will be required to present on a topic of your choice. This is marked as pass, merit or distinction and does not contribute to the overall GCSE grade awarded at the end of the course.

It is assumed that students will need to carry out a minimum of 3 hours independent study each week in order to embed material covered in lessons.

Entry requirements

You must hold a GCSE English qualification at Grade D/3, or a Functional Skills English qualification at Level 1.

Other applications will be considered on an individual basis following an initial skills assessment.

All students take an online diagnostic assessment. The diagnostic will identify strengths and areas needing support. Dependent on this assessment it may be that decided the GCSE course is not suitable, in which case an alternative course will be offered where possible.

The diagnostic test is taken prior to the start of the course and takes about 1 hour.

You must be 19+ to apply for this course.


Writing materials and an exercise book/folder will be needed.

The course will be taught via one session per week. This session will be taught online via Microsoft Teams which means you must have access to an appropriate electronic device e.g. laptop, desktop or tablet with access to a microphone and webcam, a strong internet connection, and the Microsoft Teams app. Writing materials and an exercise book/folder will also be needed.

Any GCSE revision guide will support this course but purchase of textbooks is not essential as we will provide all necessary resources.

Day, time and duration

Thursdays 12.30pm-3.30pm

Start date

Week commencing 2nd January 2023


This course is free for any adults who do not already have a grade 4 (grade C) in English Language.

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