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Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

An English qualification is not only an essential element for your employment prospects but also offers other opportunities such as career changes and entry into further and higher education. It is never too late to get your English GCSE at Ashford College, with specialist tutors and staff who are dedicated to getting you the results you need. You will also have access to software which will enable you to get a better understanding of the topics covered. 

GCSE English is designed to enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. It is also designed to help you write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. You will complete two final exams, both unseen texts, with sections on reading and writing. There will also be a speaking and listening assessment, throughout the course of study.

There will be a pre-course assessment to determine your current English learning status, to indicate if you are working at Level 2 or GCSE grade 3/D standard. If you need any help with this process however, our team will be happy to help. 

Please be aware the English Pathway is currently only for those 19+ as this is a part-time course. 16 - 18 students can study for their English GCSE with us alongside any of our other pathways.

Opportunities with GCSEs

A GCSE is a qualification that is highly valued by employers and educational providers. At Ashford College, we believe it is never too late to get your English GCSE, and will offer you the support you need to get this important qualification. Getting your English GCSE can open you up to so many opportunities, and these include...

  • Further study at University
  • Further study on our College courses
  • Full Time Employment
  • Part Time Employment
  • Enrolment on an Apprenticeship scheme


Q: What age do I have to be to take the English GCSE Evening course at Ashford?

A: You must be 19+ in order to take this course with us. 

Q: How long does the English GCSE course take?

A: We start in September and you’ll be finished by the end of June the following year.

Q: Is there a fee for this English GCSE course? 

A: There is no fee for GCSE English provided you do not already hold the qualification at grade C or above, and are over 19.

Q: Are there any entry requirements?

A: Entry will be subject to a pre-course assessment to indicate if you are working at Level 2 or GCSE grade 3/D standard. 

If you have any further questions about our English GCSE Evening course, please contact the college on 01233 743100 or by email at

Courses at Ashford College

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Why people love English

Free to study!

Free to study!

It is FREE* to study for your English GCSE with us (*as long as you don't already have it at a pass grade or above). This means that you can focus more on your education instead of worrying about course fees. 

Opening new opportunities

Opening new opportunities

As well as gaining new opportunities by getting your English GCSE with us, our E-Hub and student support team can help you find your future and suggest opportunities that may be beneficial to you going forward!

Learn with like-minded students

Learn with like-minded students

At Ashford, you’ll be studying alongside like-minded adult learners, allowing you to concentrate and work towards passing your GCSE. As classes take place in the evening, they will fit around your schedule and the working day. 

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Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100