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English Language GCSE at Boston College

Course description

GCSE English Language is a requirement for entry onto university courses and a grade C is requested by most employers. At Boston College you can achieve GCSE English at grade C in just one year. This course will deepen your understanding of English Language through a variety of classroom and homework tasks.

Course content

Every year at least one student tells college staff they wish they’d retaken GCSE English when they had the chance. Some have to defer entry to university whilst they pay to study at an evening class. Others are unable to continue with their plans for the future. Will you regret not retaking GCSE English? 

GCSE English is a requirement for entry onto university courses and yes, a grade C is still requested by most employers. If your ambition is to be a teacher (of any subject) you must hold grade C English. The team of staff are friendly and supportive. If you do not already hold a grade C (or above) we strongly encourage you to take up this opportunity.

Entry requirements

If you are resitting your English GCSE you will require at least a D in your in your previous exam grade. 

If you're an Adult student you will need to undertake a test to check your ability.


You will be assessed by 2 exam papers. 

The Fiction reading and writing paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, and the Non-fiction reading and writing paper is 2 hours long. 

2017 Exam Dates 
Paper 1: Tuesday 6th June (Fiction and Imaginative Writing) 
Paper 2: Monday 12th June (Non-fiction and Transactional Writing) 

Paper 1 - 40% of your marks 
Paper 2 - 60% of your marks

Financial information

You will be required to purchase your own copies of the set texts. We will give you information about this at your first lesson.

Future opportunities

GCSE English is a basic requirement for most areas of employment. It can assist you in securing employment within a number of sectors or can help lead to a variety of Further Education courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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