GCSE English

“Be not afraid of greatness some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them” – William Shakespeare

Looking to boost your child’s literacy and language skills? Birmingham Tuition Centre offers tuition for both English Language and English Literature, and endeavours to help students establish the key skills that are required for these subjects. Students are trained to analyse, evaluate, explore and critically interpret a wide range of texts whilst reviewing the ways in which different writers present their ideas.

English GCSE is an essential entry requirement for most universities and for many employers both of whom expect a least a grade C. Our aim therefore is to ensure our students exceed this expectation; by achieving outstanding grades in their January (IGCSE) or June exam. We hope students develop a passion for the subject and that this leads them to pursue the subject further as an A-Level. We offer a wide range of help and assist with coursework, whilst observing and implementing stringent examination guidelines.

We regularly examine our students’ progress throughout the course by setting them writing tasks, monitoring their homework and encouraging peer assessment when possible. English is an imaginative, creative and stimulating subject; and in view of this we encourage our students to also demonstrate their own individual, innovative, ideas when exploring a wide variety of literary or non-literary texts. They are taught several engaging topics, and we aim to establish the following competences within each and every student:


  • Analysing, creating and producing non-fictional texts
  • Explaining how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings
  • Making comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects
  • Developing and sustaining ideas which argue, persuade, inform explain or describe
  • Applying appropriate, ambitious and complex vocabulary within written texts in their appropriate context
  • Exploring a variety of non-fiction genres, and relating them to their audience and purpose
  • Identify and using linguistic devices in a consciously crafted and sustained form
  • Understanding spoken and written texts and writing creatively


  • Relating literary texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts
  • Explaining how literary texts have been influential and significant to readers in different contexts and at different times
  • Exploring poems written by contemporary and literary heritage poets; and commenting on content, theme, structure, rhyme, rhythm and use of language
  • Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage considering and dramatic devices used in dramatic engage an audience
  • Critically engage with modern prose which explore different cultures