English Language - GCSE

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

You will be using and improving the four language skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. You will read, discuss and write about many different kinds of writing: some will be fiction (stories and extracts from novels), some will be non-fiction (articles, leaflets, advertisements and extracts from biographies and non-fiction writing), and you will practise different kinds of writing for yourself. 

What you will study

Oral Work: Your tutor will be working with you to develop your speaking and listening skills throughout the course, in formal and informal situations. You will be required to deliver a presentation or talk and to participate in group discussions.

Reading and Writing: During the course you will be expected to read and write on your own in preparation for work in class. You will develop your ability to write for a range of purposes and audiences.

What about Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation? Half of the allocated marks are attached to sentence structure, spelling, grammar and punctuation, so you will work towards improving those. Your tutor will help you and you can also use the support available in the drop-in Learning and Skills Centres.

Homework will be set regularly. 

Assessment is by a combination of controlled assessment and examination. During the course you will build up a file of two substantial written pieces of coursework and at least two oral assessments. Each of these two components is worth 20% of the final mark, making a total of 40%. The two examinations at the end of the course are worth 30% each.

Course times

City Centre Campus:

  • 17:45-20:45 Tuesday
  • 17:45-20:45 Thursday
  • 17:45-20:45 Monday

Barry Campus:

  • 17:45-20:45 Tuesday


  • 17:45-20:45 Wednesday

Course fee per year

Exam Fee: £35.00

Part-time enrolment fee: £30.00

Course Fee: £150.00

Entry requirements

Evidence of GCSE English Grade D or Essential Skills - Communications Level 2. Cannot enroll if in additon to a full time course.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.



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Cardiff West Community High School
Cardiff West Community High School

Penally Road


East Cardiff Campus
East Cardiff Campus

Trowbridge Road,

City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE

Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ