Vocational Course

GCSE English Language


About this course

The course is a challenging, but rewarding, examination of English language. You will develop and improve your reading and writing skills as well as your understanding of how language is used to persuade, argue, inform etc.

For students needing to improve their skills, we also have courses in English -Working towards GCSE.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through 100% exam. These are two papers that you will sit at the end of the year in the summer term. You will sit two formal mock exams during the course and will have frequent, smaller assessments in class with your lecturer.

The course also includes a separate endorsement for Spoken Language. You will be required to complete to deliver a spoken presentation to your classmates. This is marked as a pass, merit or distinction and does not affect the overall GCSE grade.

Your GCSE will consist of two, 1 hour 45 minute exams (100% of your GCSE)

  • Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing
  • Section A: reading (4 questions)
  • Section B: writing (1 question from a choice of 2)
  • Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
  • Section A: reading (4 questions)
  • Section B: writing (1 question)

What do I need?

  • hold a previous GCSE at grade D if you are resitting the course
  • be performing at Level 1 or above in the assessment that we give you prior to starting the course and complete a free writing task to an appropriate standard

Additional Information

What is required for the first class?
Writing materials

Who can I contact about the course?
Part-time Admissions on 0121 602 7888

Who is the course leader?
Laura Nixon
Email: lnixon@halesowen.ac.uk
Contact: 0121 602 7850

How much will the course cost?

Tuition Fee

Full Tuition Fee - FREE (unless you have already achieved a Grade C)
If you have already achieved a grade C - £811.00