English and Maths (inc. ESOL)

English GCSE (Online)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course has various start dates. Please contact us for further details. Classes are three hours split into two classes of 1.5 hours each. Delivery will be online via a suitable online platform. All details will be provided at your initial assessment. You will be required to attend College for an initial assessment, mock and final examinations.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 19+
  • You are normally expected to have achieved grade 3/D in GCSE Maths. However you will undertake an assessment. Students who are are not suitable will be offered Functional Skills Maths.

You will achieve

GCSE English at Higher Tier (maximum grade 8/9) or GCSE English at Foundation Tier (maximum grade 5) Grades are given from 9-1, with 9 being the highest .

Course overview

English  is invaluable for your future no matter what you are aiming for. A good command of the spoken and written word will help you every day and benefit all your other GCSEs too. Whatever you end up doing, English is a must have subject for college, university, work and life.

 From Architecture to Zoology, GCSE English will help you to:
  • Work independently
  • Be creative
  • Think critically
  • Communicate your ideas with confidence
  • Think logically

Distance learning means studying remotely, allowing you to learn in your own time, wherever you choose. Using a range of material you’ll undertake course activities and assignments with regular support from your tutor, interacting with fellow students via email, online forums, phone and virtual conferencing.

Course content

You will study the following areas:

  • Effective communication through speaking and listening
  • The ability to read with insight, distinguish between fact and opinion, follow an argument and understand how writers use language to achieve effect
  • The ability to organise your ideas and to communicate clearly through writing
  • The use of accurate spelling and punctuation

You can view AQA course specifications by clicking on the link below;


The new specification of GCSE English has no coursework element. There are two exams at the end of the course.

You must be able to attend the exams on the days given to you as they are fixed dates for all GCSE exams across the country.

You will need access to a computer with an internet connection.

You will study at home. You will be required to attend College for your initial assessment and final exams.

GCSE English Language is a basic qualification for a wide variety of possible career options and the option of further study.

How much does the course cost?

This course is fully funded to anyone who is aged 19+ and does not already have a grade 4/C in this subject. For applicants who do not meet all these criteria, the full cost of the course is £500.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

English GCSE (Online)

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