GCSE English classes

GCSE English: AQA exam board

GCSE English includes developing your writing skills and language analysis of 19th, 20th and 21st Century texts.

Courses are delivered through single 2 1/2 hour classes and up to 5 hours of home study per week. Optional supplementary classes and tutorials will also be offered.

Courses start week beginning 18 September. It is a 30-week course with an assessment through 2 exams in June.

For more information see below or contact Graeme.


Prospective GCSE learners should have a minimum of GCSE grade D/3 or Functional Skills Level 1 and must pass a pre-course assessment before starting the course.

If you have been away from education for a while or have no qualifications but are confident in your everyday skills, come and talk to us.

Passing the pre-course assessment is the criteria for being offered a place on a course. We have Foundation classes and Higher-Level classes depending on your score. You should allow 2 hours for the assessment.

Register your interest for an online course via Coursefinder or book by phoning 024 7697 5200.

Search for English courses or the tile below and choose GCSE English.

When we have received your application, you will be contacted to arrange an assessment.

The assessment

You will need to prove you are in the country legally (because otherwise we can't claim funding from the Government). To do this we need to see some ID.

  • If you were born in the UK please bring your birth certificate, driving licence or passport.
  • If you are an EU citizen please bring your passport/ID card
  • Otherwise, please bring your resident's permit, passport with visa or whatever documentation you have that shows your resident status.

We will also need your National Insurance Number.

Course costs

If you do not have a GCSE in the subject you are applying for at grade 9 – 4 (A* - C), the course is free.

If you do have a GCSE grade 4 (C) or above, and need a higher grade for a specific reason, please talk to Graeme as it may be possible to apply to the Learner Support Fund.

If you do not qualify for a free course or the support fund the fees are:

  • Course: £350.00 (to be confirmed)
  • Exam: £50.00

Further information

If you are offered a place on the course, you will be required to purchase a textbook: £19.20. Please speak to either Graeme or Jane if this will be difficult for you.

If you study online there will be a requirement to have a PC, Laptop or tablet.