GCSE English (Part-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences

School Education Services

Attendance Part-Time


The course aims to help you to

  • Write confidently and accurately
  • Read and respond to different kinds of writing
  • Take part in three Speaking and Listening coursework assignments
  • Complete pieces of written coursework
  • Take two examinations

It will prepare you to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices; to use language to participate effectively in society and employment; and develop an enthusiasm for reading.

Various times are available including mornings, afternoons and some evenings – all classes are 3 hours long and are only once per week.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk for more information.
Duration: 3 Hours
Venue: Riverside Dene (Cruddas Park)

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for adults who are aged 19+ who have completed an initial assessment and diagnostic with us to show that they are working at the correct level to achieve this qualification.

Qualification Gained

GCSE English

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

Key features of the qualification:

  • Linear assessment
  • External assessment only in reading, writing and English Literature
  • An interesting and fresh list of prescribed texts
  • Assessment based on the well-tried and popular WJEC model
  • Skills based examinations which give a great deal of flexibility in teaching
  • Easily accessible and responsive subject support.

During the first half of the course you prepare for four written coursework assignments, which you must complete in college, under supervised conditions. From February onwards you prepare for the two exams, which test your reading and writing skills.

Learning Methods

Learning Methods will include the following:
Lectures by teacher, class discussion, discussion groups, presentations, class discussions, questioning, small task orientated groups, homework tasks, Open text book study, problem solving, e learning, use of diagrams, tables, graphs and charts, differentiated homework

Assessment Methods

For GCSE English Language, the course requirements are as follows:

  • Four written coursework assignments (40% of the total mark)
  • Two exams (60% of the total mark)
  • Speaking and Listening coursework.
  • Government regulations specify that coursework is conducted under supervised conditions, in college.

In speaking and listening learners must:

  • present and listen to information and ideas
  • respond appropriately to the questions and views of others
  • participate in a range of real life contexts in and beyond the classroom, adapting talk to situation and audience and using standard English where appropriate 


Progression Opportunities

English GCSE is essential for most jobs and university and access courses. Success in GCSE English can also lead to further study in English or any of the sciences.

University courses often require applicants to have a good understanding of English, as many courses require a good level of literacy to undertake the course.

Career Opportunities

English is a core subject which gives learners a greater understanding of the world in which they live. English is useful to learners pursuing a wide range of careers, including journalism, business, marketing, nursing and teaching (among many others).

English is a benefit when studying most subjects at Access level, including Sciences, Health, Business and Humanities.


Entry Requirements

Learners are expected to have a Level 2 qualification in English and/or have achieved a grade D in GCSE English

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Learners who have not achieved a grade C are entitled to study this course for free.

Learners who want to improve their graders and achieve higher than a C may be required to pay a fee of up to £500, depending on personal circumstances

Additional Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.