GCSE English Fastrack

A course of study which aims to develop skills and abilities in reading and analysing a broad range of texts, writing for a variety of purposes and speaking and listening.

Dependant on an initial assessment period and learners can either:

  • Study a L1 Functional Skills alongside the GCSE to embed skills with a view to sit the exam in November


  • Based on a strong initial assessment, learners can complete the exams in the summer

What will I study?

Students are given a wealth of opportunities to practice reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will study a wide variety of texts including literature fiction from the 20th and 21st Century and texts which allow you to explore and consider how a perspective or viewpoint is presented to influence the reader. You will also explore and develop your own creative writing techniques and learn skills which will equip you to write for a specified audience to share your own viewpoint and perspectives. 

How will I be assessed?

This is a linear qualification, meaning that your reading and writing will be assessed in two examinations at the end of the course. These examinations will be administered on two separate days. They will last 1 hour and 45 minutes each, and both count for 50% of your overall grade. A separate spoken language task will be set and assessed by your course tutor. 

Entry requirements

  • A good standard of English, including an interest in reading
  • Willingness to do homework on a regular basis and to keep to the deadlines set for the course work
  • Re-sit students need to have previously gained a grade D/3 

What next?

Successful students may wish to progress onto the AS level English Language and Literature course which runs at East Riding College.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Free Distance Learning Courses 2024-2025 Full-time Further Education Prospectus