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GCSE English Language

OSC1346 / OSC1347

A GCSE English Language qualification is a basic requirement for most employers and education institutes. Study towards the qualification from the comfort of your own home. All course materials and exam fees are included with the package option.

Course duration

Up to 12 months.

Course outcome

You will receive your GCSE in English Language (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Two paper-based exams and a spoken language assessment.

Course Options

Study Options

or £27.25 /month*
Course code: OSC1347
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Course overview

  • 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.
  • This course will provide you with an accredited AQA qualification upon successful completion of examinations.
  • Add on exams and we will organise and book these for you.

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the UK’s most widely recognised certification for the end of secondary school education. It is often the entry-level requirement to further study, such as A Levels and apprenticeships.

Our GCSE English Language course will focus on your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. You will cover topics such as grammar, creative reading and writing, viewpoints and perspectives, and exploring different writing styles.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in English language, the GCSE English Language course is ideal for students aspiring to achieve a career involving English such as journalism, copywriting, teaching, or editing.

You will need to take exams to achieve the official GCSE English Language qualification. You have the option of enrolling on a package course which includes your exams and means we’ll organise and book these for you on your behalf.

Course content

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

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

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

  • Exploring different styles of writing
  • Language
  • Summary writing

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

  • Tips for the exam

Exam details

AQA specification code: 8700

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)

  • 1 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)

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)

  • 1 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)

What’s assessed

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

Extra information

To achieve a GCSE in English Language you will be assessed across all units. The examination fees can be added to the cost of this course.

Please note: If you add on exams you will need to sit your exams in one of our GCSE exam centre locations for this course which are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Romford

There are two paper-based examinations and a spoken language assessment. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

You will have one year 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. Your only deadlines are the exams held in May/June each year, which can be booked when you are ready.

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!

Upon successful completion of the exams and coursework, you will receive a GCSE in English Language. The awarding body is AQA.


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

Included in the cost of your course is the following:

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated learner services
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE XO Student Discounts membership
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College Pen and highlighter
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

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

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. The exam fees can be included in the cost of this course if you select the package option.

Please note: if you choose to add on your exams you will need to sit them at either the Birmingham, Coventry, Doncaster, Bolton, Wimbledon, Taunton, or St Neots (Cambridgeshire) examination centre.

If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book these and pay for them separately.

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 Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

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 team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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