Course Information

GCSE English Language (Mature)

Qualifications to start the course

General entry requirements for all Level 2 vocational courses are mainly 'D' grades (grade 3/4) for at least 5 GCSE subjects.

Description of the subject

We have a proven track record of helping students achieve a ‘C’ (Grade 5) and above in English at Sir John Cass.

The aim of the course is to develop the students’ understanding of English Language. Students cover a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as experiencing a range of teaching styles to help their understanding.

The course is specifically designed for students who have previously achieved a D (Grade 3) or equivalent and we have an experienced team dedicated to help students make the most of their potential. 

Students taking the GCSE English Language Mature will have additional classes after school for at least one hour a week to develop their exam skills.  

What you will do

    • Develop your writing skills to ensure you can express yourself fluently for a range of purposes.
    • Complete written assessments throughout the course to assess your progress.
    • Complete two official examinations at the end of the one year course.
    • Three speaking and listening assessments.

Future prospects

English Language at grade C (4 or above) is essential for gaining access to all courses in higher education.

Additional information

We currently use the AQA exam board and students will sit the English Language examination (New specification 2015 onwards).

Students sitting examinations in 2017 and beyond will achieve a Grade 1 to 9 (with 9 being the top) Students aim to achieve at least a Grade 4 and above in their English Language exam to be considered for most level 3 courses.