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English GCSE

AQA 8700

Oxford Open Learning


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Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
200 hours
Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in English Language
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Why study English?

Do you love to read and enjoy writing? Do you wish that your love of words could help you find a challenging and satisfying career? If so, studying for an English GCSE is the starting point for you.

Studying our English GCSE course can provide many benefits. As well as effective preparation for GCSE exams, it will develop the skills and understanding required for studying the subject further at A-level, foster a love of language and literature in all its forms and enable you to communicate effectively in a wide variety of other subjects and situations.


Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in English Language

Awarded by AQA Education


Whilst studying English Language GCSE you will learn to read and respond to challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The examined texts, across a range of genres and types, will support you in developing your own writing through the provision of effective models. The texts will include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism, from both printed and online sources.

When writing, you will learn to write for impact and to produce clear and coherent written texts.

You will build a familiarity with a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, and engage with creative as well as real writing contexts. The course will provide opportunities to develop sophisticated reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

The course is split into 5 main modules as shown below.

  • Module 1: Reading Unseen Literature
  • Module 2 Exploring Creative Writing and Non-Exam Spoken English Assessment
  • Module 3 Reading Non-Fiction Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • Module 4 Reading Non-Fiction Viewpoints and Perspectives II
  • Module 5 Presenting Written Viewpoints

As you work through the course you will submit 10 Tutor-marked Assignments. These are formative assessments so you can gauge your progress as you work through the course.

Completion of the GCSE English Language course will enable candidates to read fluently and write effectively. Candidates will be able to demonstrate confident control of Standard English forms and will write grammatically correct sentences. They will show confidence when employing figurative language and analysing texts.

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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.