English Language GCSE

Our course code: G003

Course fee: £695 or from £52 per month

Apply code 'FUND20' when enrolling

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The English Language is a key asset if you’re interested in any career that involves written and spoken communication and requires a comprehensive grasp of the English language, GCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers at 16. The English Language can be used to inspire, motivate and challenge us in countless different ways. This GCSE Qualification course will help you to read, understand and analyse texts in different forms, and write clearly and concisely.

Language is an inherent part of the world around us, from the way it is used in an advert to the writing of a script for a blockbuster movie. The AQA specification GCSE course has been designed to inspire and motivate learners, providing an appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students. This GCSE English Language course has been written to the latest specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success. You’ll have everything you need to succeed, starting with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast Track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Administration and 3-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Pro-active personal tutors – we contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

The English Language is a key asset if you’re interested in any career that involves written and spoken communication and requires a comprehensive grasp of the English language.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Proactive tutors

    We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: G003
  • Qualification code: 8700

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.


All enrolments now will be for exams in Summer 2021.

You’ll be required to complete the two GCSE standard written exams.

Official exams

  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you will also be required complete one introductory assignment and nine assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course. There is no coursework to complete. All exams must be taken in the same session.

Optional non-exam assessment (NEA)

In addition, you will have the opportunity to take an additional, optional non-exam assessment (NEA) to demonstrate your skills in spoken language, including presenting, responding to questions and feedback, and use of standard English. This optional assessment is separately endorsed. It will be reported as a separate grade and will not contribute to the result of the GCSE qualification. You will need to take the 2 standard GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive a GCSE in English Language, issued by AQA. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - GCSE English language assumes a good command of both spoken and written English. The course will expect you to read and analyse a range of texts from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Therefore this course is not always suitable for those for whom English is not their first language. If you're unsure, get in touch and we can offer you some guidance.

Course Content

1: Creative reading (Part 1)
  • Prose fiction texts
  • Language effects
  • Setting, context and atmosphere
  • Looking at characters
2: Creative reading (Part 2)
  • Narrative voice and narrative viewpoint
  • Openings and endings
  • Approaching Paper 1 Section A
3: Explorations in creative writing (Part 1)
  • Descriptive and narrative writing
  • Describing settings
  • Describing characters
4: Explorations in creative writing (Part 2)
  • Narrative writing
  • Using dialogue
  • Approaching Paper 1 Section B
5: Writer's viewpoints and perspectives: Reading (Part 1)
  • Inference and interpretation
  • Viewpoints and perspectives
  • Synthesis and summary
6: Writer's viewpoints and perspectives: Reading (Part 2)


  • Comment and analysis
  • Comparing writers’ ideas
  • Approaching Paper 2 Section A


7: Writer's viewpoints and perspectives: Writing (Part 3)
  • Audience, purpose and form
  • Planning your response
  • Writing your response, Part 1
  • Writing your response, Part 2
  • Approaching Paper 2 Section B
8: Preparing for the exam: Paper 1
  • Practice Paper 1
  • Guidance on Practice Paper 1
9: Preparing for the exam: Paper 2
  • Practice Paper 2
  • Guidance on Practice Paper 2
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. While there are no essential set texts. You might like to refer to the following recommended books for additional reading: (1) AQA GCSE English Language: Developing the Skills for Learning and Assessment, H Blackhouse and B Emm, Oxford 2015. (2) AQA GCSE English Language: Assessment Preparation for Paper 1 and Paper 2, J Branson and P Ellison, Oxford 2015. (3) Oxford A-Z of Better Spelling, C Buxton, Oxford 2013. (4) Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation, J Seely, Oxford 2013

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.