This course in is for those wishing to study for a GCSE English qualification to enhance their CV and develop their literacy skills for personal and professional use. This course is suitable for adults who have been out of education, and for students who have recently left school. Many courses, universities and jobs require you to have a GCSE English qualification.

This qualification is made up of three components.

Fiction and Imaginative Writing  - 40% of the total GCSE

Overview of content:

  • Study selections from a range of prose fiction.
  • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th - century fiction extracts.
  • Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Non-fiction and Transactional Writing  - 60% of the total GCSE

Overview of content:

  • Study a range of 20th - and 21st - century non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction).
  • Develop skills to analyse, evaluate and compare non-fiction extracts.
  • Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes and audiences.
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Spoken Language Component, Developing Spoken Language Skills - 0% of the total GCSE

Overview of content:

  • You will undertake a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic in a formal setting, listen and respond to questions and feedback, and use spoken English effectively.
  • There are no marks for the Spoken Language endorsement. You will be awarded a grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Course Length

1 academic year - September to June

Entry requirements 

You will need to complete a short piece of diagnostic writing.


Please contact the Admissions Team in Greater Manchester by phone (01616668215) or email (

How to apply

Please call 0161 666 8215, email or click here to view our enrolment dates.

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All GCSE courses start in September 2021. Wednesdays at 6.00pm until 8.30pm *GCSE English is free if you do NOT already hold a C or above 9-4, if you already hold a grade C or 4 and above and are wishing to upgrade them.