Course starts: September 2019

Part-time and evening classes available

Age groups

14-16,16-18, 19+, Educational needs

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For many jobs and higher levels of study, GCSEs are a fundamental requirement as part of the application process.

If you struggled to achieve the grade you deserved for GCSE English, we can support you to develop the skills and confidence to enable you to retake the qualification.

Our expert tutors offer specialist training and guidance so you can achieve and progress in your career.

We aim to enable all learners to improve their skills in speaking, reading and writing skills for the workplace and future study.

Course objectives

  • Develop fluency and accuracy in written English
  • Understand the theory and application of language in a range of text
  • Improve your range of vocabulary in order to express view in a confident and articulate manner

Course details

Course duration

Full-time: As part of the study programme

Part-time: 1 year

Evening classes are available

Delivered on:

Monday to Friday
One evening offered to adult applicants


AQA English Language

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade 3 (D) or Functional Skills English Level 2. If you do not have either of these qualifications and you wish to do GCSE, you will need to achieve an acceptable score in an initial assessment; this is done in college using an online assessment tool.

This course is ideal for students wishing to retake, or obtain, a GCSE in English.

Teaching team

Sarah Maxwell (Course Leader)


The course is designed to develop fluency and accuracy in written English, to read, understand and explore a range of texts, to develop a range of vocabulary in order to express views in a confident and articulate manner.

This is one-year linear course where you will be studying:

Component 1 section A: Reading and analysis of 20th Century Prose

Reading a literature fiction text in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers

Component 1 section B: Writing Prose pieces: Narrative/Descriptive writing

Writing their own creative text, inspired by the topic that they have responded to in section A to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.

Component 2 – section A: Reading and analysis of 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction

Reading two linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to consider how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader.

Component 2 – section B: Written transactional piece

Producing a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form, in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced in section A.

Two summer examinations based on topics covered across the year. Graded 1-9.

Spoken Language – development of an individual presentation

One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback

Assessment and exam information

The course is assessed by two exam papers (Set within the first two weeks of June)

Component 1 (1Hr 45 mins)
One reading (Fiction) comprehension task
One descriptive writing task

Component 2 (1Hr 45 mins) (non-fiction)
One comprehension task
One transactional writing task

Non-examination Assessment

Spoken Language (Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.)

Career and progression

Work experience

This course does not offer work experience.

Enrichment opportunities

There are no enrichment activities with this course.

Learner progression

A GCSE pass grade in English (i.e. grade 4 or 5) is often necessary for higher education and many areas of employment.

Your career

GCSE English Language is the passport to your future! The skills you develop on this course are essential for employment. They will also broaden your opportunities to study further at Totton and beyond.

Fee information

Course costs

There are no course fees for UK and EU students

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this course.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan