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GCSE English (9-1)

ESOL students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).


GCSE English (9-1)

This course is for those who wish to improve or develop their existing English reading and writing skills, and gain qualifications nationally recognised by employers and training providers. This GCSE syllabus combines English Language with elements of English Literature, including explicit and implicit meanings; analyse, evaluate and develop facts, ideas and opinions; articulate experience; sequence facts, ideas and opinions; use a range of appropriate vocabulary and make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar. You will also learn how to understand and produce non-fiction and fictional texts.

Course information

Need to know

How will I learn?

A range of activities at the appropriate level that will develop reading and writing skills.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will take place on two final examinations in May and June. There will be practice assessments during the year that will assess how your skills are developing

Next steps

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed onto?

Progressed onto higher level courses.

What are the expected employment sectors for this course?

Wide-ranging English skills are key in all forms of employment.

Additional information

Equipment and other costs

Travel to college

What additional work outside of college will I need to do?

Tutors will set tasks to complete that will support and enhance the work done in college.

Do I need a DBS?


English and Maths courses will start in September, the perfect time to brush up on your skills.

Classes and courses are held at a range of campuses. Please see below for examples and contact Amy Stevens on for more information.

Please note there are no weekend classes or online courses at this time.

Kingsway Campus, Dunstable: Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

Incuba, Dunstable: Monday evening.

Dallow Road Community Centre, Luton: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Morning as well as Tuesday afternoon.

Available Courses
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Part Time

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.