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Adult English GCSE and Functional Skills

A grade 4 in GCSE English or Functional Skills English is a required qualification for most jobs or further study. At Harrogate College, you will study either GCSE English or Functional Skills English. Once you have applied, you will be invited in for an assessment so we can agree on the best qualification for you.

You will come into college for one three-hour session per week. These sessions will run on evenings typically 6-9pm.

Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at adult learners aged 19+.

Cost Free Exam Fee None
When September 2020 DurationUp to 35 weeks study depending on the level of study
LevelLevel 1 & Level 2 AttendancePart Time

The exact modules and topics you explore will depend on whether you study the AQA English Language (GCSE) or City & Guilds Functional Skills (Functional Skills) qualification. Regardless of the qualification, you will develop your reading, writing, analytical and verbal communication skills.

Topics you may study could include explorations in creative reading and writing, fiction texts and descriptive or narrative writing, writers’ viewpoints and perspectives, and non-fiction texts including diaries, letters, autobiographies, leaflets, articles, and travel writing. Spoken language is typically demonstrated via an individual presentation followed by questioning and feedback.

Each class will include a wide range of activities to develop your reading and writing skills. You will be encouraged to take an active part in tutor-led, as well as group activities. We also provide a range of online resources and homework tasks to support your studies.

You will develop the following skills:

  • Analysing written material from a variety of sources
  • Communicating clearly via text or speech
  • Identifying writers’ perspectives and viewpoints
  • Presenting and articulating fact and opinion
  • Understanding grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Understanding the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Using written language for a range of purposes
  • Working as part of a collaborative group

You will be assessed via exams which will involve analysing texts as well as an individual presentation followed by questioning and feedback.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be invited in for an assessment. This will help us to decide the best qualification for you.

Progression may include a higher level English course or another full-time study programme. Successful completion of your English course will provide you with additional opportunities for further study and employment.

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.


Harrogate College

Hornbeam Park Ave, Harrogate HG2 8QT United Kingdom

Tel: 0113 386 1997