Course Overview

GCSE English Language

Course code: OSC1346

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A GCSE in English Language is a basic requirement for most employers and education institutes. Study towards the qualification from the comfort of your own home.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in English language the GCSE English course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to study English at A-Level
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career involving English such as journalism, copy writing, teaching or editing

The GCSE English course enables you to:

  • Learn how to communicate clearly through effective speech and writing
  • Develop your analytical skills, your ability to apply communication skills and the knowledge to present opinions successfully
  • Discover your personal style and adapt to the audience that is being addressed
  • Achieve a recognised qualification for further studies in English at A-Level and BTEC Level
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Course Content
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

Note: This course contains a practical speaking assessment as well as written exams.

Other Information

To achieve a GCSE in English Language you will be assessed across all units. There are 2 paper-based examinations and a spoken language assessment. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What's assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing


  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE


Reading (40 marks / 25% - one single text)

  • I short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

What's assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • writing to present a viewpoint


  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE


Reading (40 marks / 25% - two linked texts)

  • I short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • 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
Course Duration

You will have 12 months to complete the full GCSE English Language course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an GCSE in English Language by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent online or by post, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive a GCSE in English Language. The awarding body is AQA.



Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course. 

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College Pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for these yourself. 

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre. 

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to pay for your exams and fees to take your exams at the examining centre that you choose.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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