GCSE English Language Course – AQA


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    This online GCSE English Language Course will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts. On this GCSE English Language Course students will draw upon a range of texts, as reading the stimulus and engage with creative, as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will also have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills. These skills help encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

    Students are able to enrol and book their course online, 365 days a year. No set term times, no classes to attend, you have complete flexibility. Access your online resources and tutor support for 12 months, all included in the fee. 

    Note: Exam fees are not included in the fees paid to UK Open College. We do not book exams for students. However, you may wish to try www.tutorsandexams.uk who have a number of centres located across the UK. They deal with private candidates all the time and will be happy to help with booking if required. You can also find a list of centres on the AQA website who may also be able to assist.

    Qualification: GCSE English Language
    Support: 1-year support included – Email your tutor or call our support line 
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 
    AQA Specification: Code A8700
    Exams: Book your own exams 
    Type of Study: Study online 

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    Course Syllabus

    Learners will complete 4 sections of study in total as listed below.

    • Common errors
    • Punctuation, rules and conventions
    • Spelling
    • Nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs
    • Sentence structure
    • Paragraphing
    • Literature fiction texts
    • Planning your writing
    • Descriptive writing
    • Narrative writing
    • Exploring different styles of writing
    • Language
    • Summary writing
    • Choosing a topic
    • Presentation techniques
    • Responding to questions and feedback
    • Tips for the exam

    Note: This course contains a practical speaking assessment as well as written exams.

    View Official AQA specification here

    Entry Requirements

    There are no previous qualifications required to register for this course.

    Course Duration

    This course comes with 12 months of support included:

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 200 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 270 Hours

    Tutors & Support

    All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

    Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


    To achieve a GCSE in the English Language you will be assessed across all units. There are 2 paper-based examinations and a spoken language assessment. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:


    What’s assessed

    Section A: Reading

    • one literature fiction text

    Section B: Writing

    • descriptive or narrative writing


    • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
    • 80 marks
    • 50% of GCSE


    Reading (40 marks / 25% – one single text)

    • I short form question (1 x 4 marks)
    • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
    • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

    Writing (40 marks / 25%)

    • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

    What’s assessed

    Section A: Reading

    • one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

    Section B: Writing

    • writing to present a viewpoint


    • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
    • 80 marks
    • 50% of GCSE


    Reading (40 marks / 25% – two linked texts)

    • I short form question (1 x 4 marks)
    • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
    • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

    Writing (40 marks / 25%)

    • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

    What’s assessed

    • presenting
    • responding to questions and feedback
    • use of Standard English

    Examination Fees

    As a private candidate, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College.

    This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed.

    Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of the area. (It’s worth it)
    You can view a list of official AQA approved examination centres here 

    The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (8 months minimum recommended)

    Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 days cooling-off period if you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

    Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

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