Duration: 35 Weeks
Level: Level 2
Last Updated: 05-11-20

All prospective learners will need to complete an online assessment. This will ensure that you are ready to start the GCSE English course. Book an assessment today here.

A GCSE in English will make sure you have a sound grasp of both written and spoken English. Both employers and educational establishments expect you to able to communicate effectively. No matter what the study programme, profession, job or promotion opportunity, favour will always be given to those who can speak confidently and fluently and express their thoughts clearly and convincingly in writing.


You will learn to write concisely and with clarity and will apply this knowledge to a number of practical writing tasks, such as report and letter writing. This will allow you to increase your command of English and to express yourself more confidently. The study of English is going to broaden your skills and confidence through studying a variety of different texts, analysing content and developing your own writing style through a number of creative writing exercises.

This qualification will enable you to:

  • Read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • Read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve your own writing
  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.


You will be assessed in reading, writing and spoken language. Assessments include written examinations which include reading and creative, transactional and persuasive writing tasks. There is also a non-exam based presentation/speech including responses to questions and feedback. The exam topics are 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing and 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing. Exams consist of an examination paper, containing reading and writing tasks. The GCSE English Component 1 Language exam lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes and the GCSE English Component 2 Language exam lasts for 2 hours.


As well as being invaluable for employment opportunities the GCSE English qualification is a common entry requirement to a number of courses at Preston’s College.


All prospective learners will need to complete an online assessment.