Study Type
Part Time
Study Level
Level 2
Start Date:
30 weeks

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

This is an intensive GCSE programme, and entrants are therefore required to have already achieved GCSE English at grade 3 (D), or to possess an Adult Literacy or Functional Skills English qualification at level 2. You will also need to complete an entry test to a satisfactory standard and to attend an information session before you can be offered a place on this course.

If you are not sure about the suitability of this course, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.

Who the course is for

This one year ‘Fast Track’ course is suitable for those who require a GCSE in English at grade 4 (C) or above to progress to further study on College programmes such as ‘ACCESS to Higher Education’, or for those who plan to study at degree level, since the great majority of universities now expect applicants to have a good GCSE in this subject.

Good levels of English skills are also extremely valuable when seeking employment or alternative job opportunities. 

What the interview will involve
No interview necessary
What you will learn

This course will encourage candidates to develop:

Understanding of the spoken word and the ability to express themselves effectively in a variety of contexts, such as giving and asking for information and taking part in debates.

The ability to read, understand and respond to a variety of writing and the ability to describe, explain and argue with clarity and precision.

How you will learn
Our weekly 3-hour classes are held at a variety of times/days including evenings on site at the college. We will direct you to relevant resources available to you outside of the classroom. To gain the qualifications you need, regular attendance is essential.
Work placement
A grade 4 or above in GCSE English is a requirement for most level 3 courses, ACCESS to Higher Education. It is also part of the entry criteria for the great majority of university courses, including nursing and social work. It can also help to improve job prospects as most employers require grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.
The course is free for anyone who has not yet achieved a Grade C or 4 or above.
Qualifications you will get
GCSE English
Alternatively, email with the subject title of your chosen course, followed by ‘info’ to receive further information. i.e. ‘Science T Level info’.

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