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GCSE English Language Foundation at Gateway College

Course description

This course uses research on language learning to build your basic English skills. You will read interesting texts and take part in discussions. You will improve your vocabulary and learn tricks to make your writing better. Personalised feedback will be delivered in small group sessions. By the end of the first year, you will have progressed from a grade 2 to a grade 3.


Course content

Following on from this year we expect that you will move onto the Fast Track GCSE course aimed at supporting your progress from a GCSE grade 3 to a grade 4 minimum.

In exceptional circumstances students who demonstrate commitment and motivation will be capable of achieving a grade 4 within a single year. By the end of the second year, you will have achieved a grade 4. Particularly motivated students are capable of passing in one year.

Entry requirements

Grade D/3 at GCSE English/English Language or a Pass in Functional Skills English at Level 2.


The WJEC/Eduqas GCSE qualification consists of two exams and an unweighted spoken language assessment.

Component 1 is worth 40% of your mark and requires you to respond to a modern literary fiction text. You must demonstrate your ability to identify details, analyse language, and express your views. You will also produce a 500-word piece of creative personal writing.

Component 2 is worth 60% of your mark and requires you to respond to two nonfiction texts: one modern, and one from the 1800s. The reading questions are similar to the first paper, but with an additional comparison question. You will also write two transactional/persuasive pieces (a letter, an article, a review, a speech…)

Your spoken language assessment will be a presentation delivered to a few of your peers during a designated small group session.

Financial information

Free for all UK home students.

Future opportunities

Achievement of GCSE English Language is a requirement for progression to higher level study. It is also one of the main indicators for employers when assessing a job applicant’s language, literacy and communication skills.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please visit our website at or see our prospectus.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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