English and Maths (inc. ESOL)

GCSE English Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course will start in September 2019 and will run for one academic year. Classes are 3 hour per week.

Entry requirements
  • Students are normally expected to have achieved grade D/3 in GCSE
  • You will take an assessment to determine your suitablility for the GCSE Programme. If you are not ready for GCSE you will undertake the functional skills qualification


You will achieve

GCSE mathematics at Higher Tier (maximum grade 8/9) or GCSE mathematics at Foundation Tier (maximum grade 5)

Grades are given from 9-1, with 9 being the highest .

Last updated: 29th April 2019

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 (handy when you’re with your mates too!)
• Think logically






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;




How will I be assessed?

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

Exam dates in 2018 are Tuesday 5th June and Tuesday 8th June.

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

There is a separate Speaking and Listening component to the course which is assessed in class and does not count towards your overall 1 – 9 grade. A separate grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is given for this element of the course.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to provide file paper and writing equipment. It is possible that you may need to obtain copies of certain texts, although these can usually be borrowed from the Learning Curve if you do not want to purchase them. Some coursework assignments can be word processed if you wish.

Where will I study?

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

What can I do next?

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?

GCSE English and Maths are FREE courses, funded by the government, for most learners unless you have previously achieved a grade 4 / C. If you are enrolled / enrolling to a Higher Education course at UCB, GCSE English and Maths are NOT funded by the government and you will need to discuss funding with your individual HE course leader before enrolling.

Extra information

Contact the Information Unit

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

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.


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

GCSE English Part-time