GCSE English Language


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Qualification: GCSE English Language (8700)

Awarding Body: AQA

Support: 12 months

Exams: May/June each year

Study Time: 300 hours



Paying in Full: £399

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £99, then a direct debit will be set up for seven monthly payments of £50. Only available to students with a UK bank account. 



This course will prepare you for sitting your GCSE English Language. It is the same as you would study if you attended school.

We provide you with support for 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through and when you sit the exams.

Exams take place once a year in May/June. 

You can choose to receive your course materials by email or receive a hard copy delivered in folders that is yours to keep.

Throughout the course you are fully supported so if you come across anything you are unsure of you can contact your tutor by email. You also have a support team by telephone.

At the end of each section you will complete an assignment which you will email to your tutor. This doesn't count towards your end grade but it allows the tutor to ensure you are on the right track and help iron out any problem areas. Assignments consist of exam style questions so are effectively mini mock exams. The idea is that by the end of the course you are fully up to speed and confident you will achieve the grade you require.


There are no entry requirements for the course.


Qualification code: 8700

Unit 1: Essential Grammar

  • Common errors
  • Punctuation, rules and conventions
  • Spelling
  • Nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs
  • Sentence structure
  • Paragraphing

Unit 2: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • Literature fiction texts
  • Planning your writing
  • Descriptive writing
  • Narrative writing

Unit 3: Writing Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • Exploring different styles of writing
  • Language
  • Summary writing

Unit 4: Speaking and Listening

  • Choosing a topic
  • Presentation techniques
  • Responding to questions and feedback

Unit 5: Exam Tips

  • Tips for the exam



Exams take place in May/June of each year. It is the responsibility of the student to book their exams. Exam centres will charge and the price can vary so it is wise to investigate prior to enrolment.

You can search for a list of UK exam centres here:

To achieve a GCSE in English Language you will be assessed across all units. Students will be assessed across two exam papers and a spoken language assessment as detailed below:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • Type: Written Examination
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Weighting: 50% of the GCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed: 
  • Section A: Reading - one literature fiction text - 1 short form question (4 marks), 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks), 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)
  • Section B: Writing - descriptive or narrative writing - 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • Type: Written Examination
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 50% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessed:
  • Section A: Reading - One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text - 1 short form question (4 marks), 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks), 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)
  • Section B: Writing - writing to present a viewpoint - 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Non-Examination Assessment: Spoken Language

What's assessed:

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of standard English


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