Adult Skills and Community Learning

This qualification is suitable for learners who want:

  • a formal GCSE English qualification
  • to demonstrate your English skills on a CV
  • to progress on to further or higher education

See our course listing for English for details of the days, times, locations and fees for these courses.

Length of course

The course runs for 30 weeks. You'll attend once a week for 3 hours and complete at least 3 hours homework each week.

Course content

You'll develop your English skills in classroom activities and through homework tasks and be expected to apply them to solve real life problems.

At the end of the year, you'll sit two exams (fiction and non-fiction papers). You'll also be asked to deliver a presentation.

Entry requirements

You should already be working at a high Level 2 standard and have completed a Level 2 Functional English qualification. There'll be a short initial assessment before you start the course. 

Course fees

GCSE English courses are free for anyone who doesn't have GCSE English A*-C or 4-9.

What our learners say

  • I have used the skills and knowledge to help me with my children's learning.
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