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why it's never too late to get your English GCSE
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why it's never too late to get your English GCSE
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Why it’s never too late to get your English GCSE


Having good GCSE results is not the be-all and end-all, but it can help to open up doors for you later on in life. Not everyone will experience barriers in their career from not having an English GCSE. But if you have, it’s never too late to give it another go.

Is it really worth it?

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You might be thinking, I’ve come this far without an English GCSE, do I really need one? It’s true, some people can progress well in their chosen career without an English GCSE (or equivalent). However, achieving the qualification can open up career possibilities such as higher education/degrees, progressing further in your current role and even managerial positions.

What are the benefits?

Aside from increased career possibilities, the benefits of getting your English GCSE include:

  • Adds to your CV – having another qualification to add to your CV can help you to stand out against other candidates
  • You’d be investing in yourself – you’re taking the course because you want to, not because you have to.
  • Greater earning potential
  • Opportunity for higher education

How can I do it?

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There are several ways you can study your English GCSE; some courses are available online and some have required college attendance. But if you prefer a more practical way of learning, you could undertake a Level 2 Functional Skills in English qualification (GCSE equivalent).

Why study Level 2 Functional Skills in English instead of an English GCSE?

Level 2 Functional Skills in English is a more hands-on equivalent to a GCSE, teaching you general English and communication skills which you can apply in your work and everyday life. Some of the benefits of course are:

  • There are no academic entry requirements
  • The course can be started at any point throughout the year
  • You’ll be required to take practical assessments as well as online reading and writing exams – offering variety for those who don’t like all the focus to be on written examinations
  • Only takes 6 months to complete, on average (a GCSE course would take 12-18 months)
  • It’s a distance learning course, so you won’t be required to attend college

Discover what you’d cover on the course by clicking here.

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