For Students

Please note. The Pass GCSE English course follows the AQA GCSE English Language (8700) specification. So, if you are doing another exam board, then our Virtual Learning Environment is probably not for you. We thought we’d get that over with right away to avoid disappointment.

This VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) is designed to help you get a grade 4 or above in GCSE English – pure and simple. That’s our primary aim and it’s something that we think about each time we create a new activity for you to have a go at – and hopefully enjoy. Why enjoy? We don’t think that studying should be a chore and we have done our very best to make this course as fun as it can be while making sure that everything we ask you to do helps to get you prepared for the big days when you do the exams.

You will need a PC, laptop or tablet to access the course. You can access it on your phone but it isn't designed for that.

The course is split up in to sections - you can see a screenshot to the left. The sections cover each question - here for example you can see the Paper 1 sections. There are other sections too - for example you can improve your vocabulary in the Word Gym section.

The elements of the course go in each section. These are called “activities”. Although there are six different types of activities, the “big three” are:

Lessons – Short interactive lessons where you go over each individual question and what to expect. You can read a full article about our online interactive lessons here.

Quizzes – Our quizzes will test you on your current knowledge of the questions you will get when you hit the exams. These are marked by the VLE so you will get instant feedback when you finish one.

Assignments – You have a go at past paper questions, and we will mark them, giving you written feedback with suggestions how to make your work even better. There are 14 of them to do.

Out of the three types, probably the quizzes are currently the most popular. There are lots for you to do.

You can do quizzes and lessons as many times as you want. Plus, when you get through an activity you will often get a badge. We’ve tried to make them amusing and fairly random - you can see a few of them here. Although you can find out how to get each badge, we would recommend that you just let them surprise you!

There are also other things you can do when you are on the VLE. You can join in our weekly Kahoot challenges and pit yourself against the others on the course (in a friendly non-competitive kind of way, of course).

There is no Pass or Fail on this course, either. We will leave that to the examiners. Not only that, but there also isn’t a rigid timetable of activities for you. The course is designed for you to do the activities whenever you like – and you can repeat a lot of them as many times as you want as well. So, if you want to focus on Paper 1 Question 4, for example, because that ties in which what you are doing at school or college, then that’s fine.

However, it is probably best to clear up one thing right now. This Virtual Learning Environment is not designed to replace your current GCSE course! Whether you are at school or college, Year 11 or in your fifties, the main focus of your studies should be… at your place of study!

Also, there is no way that you will pass your GCSE English Language if you aren’t prepared to do some reading. Whenever I am asked by learners how they can improve their writing skills, my first (slightly flippant) answer is always “read more”. Everything you read exposes you to a new writer and their way of expressing themselves. So, please be prepared to do quite a lot of reading.

Still with us? If you want to register and enroll, if you are an adult learner, please go to that section. If you are a younger learner and a parent or carer will pay, it’s time for you to show them the “For Parents/Carers” section of this website.

Robert Evans

Course Leader

Please note
We do not enter learners for the the examinations. Please contact a local provider in your area if you wish to be entered for GCSE English Language examinations.

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