GCSE English Language

Most industries require a minimum entry requirement and many companies will require you to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or better.  Therefore, if you want to progress in your career or make a move to a new field, retaking your English or Maths GCSE exams may be a necessary first step.

We offer English Language GCSE intensive resit programmes over 32 weeks to adults over the age of 19. These are part-time courses consisting of one 3 hour session per week with a subject specialist tutor. If you are over the age of 19, GCSE English and Maths can form part of your full-time study programme.

If you are aged between 16 and 18 years old you will study English and Maths as part of your main full-time study programme. For more information about study programmes please see our qualification and course levels page.

The GCSE English Language course develops skills in both spoken and written forms, with a syllabus centred on speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. As well as studying a literary text students will improve all aspects of their written work from spelling and punctuation, to creative and every day composition.

Classroom based study is brought alive through discussion, debate and presentations. Assessments will be through a combination of Controlled Assessments, oral and written, and by one final written examination paper.

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Successful interview and assessment equivalent to grade D GCSE.

English and maths, up to and including Level 2, will be fully-funded by the UK Government for individuals aged 19 and over, who have not previously achieved a GCSE grade A* – C or grade 4, or higher.

This means you will not have to pay tuition fees if you meet this criteria.

This applies to both GCSE English language or maths and Functional Skills English or maths (from Entry to Level 2)

Learners who want to retake their GCSE English and maths qualification because they did not achieve a grade 4 (C), or higher, will not be funded to only resit the exam.

Applications open on Tuesday 4th January 2022 and can be made using the ‘Apply Online’ Buttons in the menu located in the next section of this page. For those looking to undertake both GCSE English and maths simultaneously, there is also the option to make a joint application for both.

GCSE English Language
LevelLevel 2
Duration32 Weeks
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 4th January 2022
AttendanceVarious dates and times are available at Colchester Institute
Fee(s)19+ Course programme only Free if A* – C grade not previously achieved


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