Course Information

Course learning outcomes

This course aims to support trainees in developing the subject knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy required to support learners who have not achieved a good pass in GCSE English (Language) at school. Participants will:

  • analyse factors that might disengage GCSE learners and explore strategies for motivating and inspiring them;
  • evaluate and use approaches to initial and diagnostic assessment which actively involve learners in the process of assessment and target setting;
  • plan effective learning programmes for GCSE English Language courses;
  • develop their knowledge and abilities to carry out effective GCSE English Language teaching;
  • use a range of assessment for learning strategies and adapt teaching to meet the needs of individual learners; and
  • reflect on their practice and identify ways (including the use of research) to improve it.


Target Group

  • Existing teachers who currently teach GCSE maths or English, and would benefit from training and development.
  • New GCSE teachers such as Functional Skills teachers/ vocational teachers who are teaching/ have taught maths/English at level 2 and meet the entry requirements
  • Vocational teachers who have been supporting English and maths developments, and are preparing to teach GCSE maths/English, and meet the entry requirements.
  • Teachers who have undertaken the Maths Enhancement Programme and English Enhancement Programme, and meet entry requirements.

Suggested entry requirements

  • Candidates must be qualified to level 3, or be able to demonstrate level 3 personal skills in English (literacy/ language)
  • A generic teaching qualification e.g. DET, DTLLS, Cert Ed, PGCE, etc.

If participants don’t have a level 3 English qualification, there is an initial assessment to help them/ us decide of this is the right course. If participants need to do some personal literacy/ language development, we will signpost to new on-line learning modules and/or a Level 3 ‘Award in Literacy/ Language for English Teachers’. Contact us to find out more.