English online study courses

Access all the information you need to know about our online courses aimed at adults, developed as part of Pearson UK Learns. Including:

  • Free Diagnostic Assessments to help you decide which of the following two online courses is suitable for you 
  • Pearson Edexcel GCSE English Language Online Study Course with live online lessons designed to help you work towards sitting your GCSE exams in the autumn 

  • Raising Skills: English - a short online self- study course to help you improve your skills first before working towards a GCSE or other qualifications. 

Free Diagnostic Assessments

We have designed a set of diagnostic assessments that we recommend all prospective learners take. It is self-assessed which means once you have downloaded the booklet and attempted all the questions, you can mark your own responses using our easy to use mark scheme.

Based on your results of the diagnostic assessments, we will recommend one of two options: The GCSE English Language Online Study course or our Raising Skills: English course.

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Pearson Edexcel Raising Skills: English

Our Raising Skills: English course is aimed at adults who want to work towards either GCSE English Language or other English qualifications to support their career progression and employment opportunities.

Why choose this course?

Most people who start this course will have taken the free Diagnostic Assessment and chosen to improve their English Language skills before starting a qualification. If you haven’t yet taken the Diagnostic Assessment to check this is the right course for you, you can download it via the links above.

Raising Skills: English is designed to be a self-study course that can fit around the demands of life, work and family. You have the flexibility to complete the studying in your own time. 

The total time required for this course is 16 hours. We advise splitting the course into chunks of 1-2 hours over 8 weeks or 2-4 hours over 4 weeks. 

Course overview 

The Raising Skills: English course will cover topics such as text types, analysis, sentence structure, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar and literary techniques. The course aims to develop your fundamental language skills whilst also enhancing your understanding of the ways language is used in fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The course covers both reading and writing skills. 

One-time offer

To support our adult learners during the Covid-19 pandemic this Raising Skills: English course will be free to access.

Instructions on how to access the course materials are coming soon.

After completing this 16 hours Raising Skills course, you will be ready to start GCSE English Language or a vocational qualification. Visit the Students contact page to access information about qualifications offered by Pearson that can be carried out online or at your local centre.

Pearson Edexcel GCSE English Language Online Study Course

Our GCSE English Language Online Study Course is aimed at adults who want to achieve a grade 4 or 5 (the benchmark pass grade) GCSE English Language qualification to support their career progression and employment opportunities. This online study course has been designed by experts and experienced teachers to take you from enrollment to sitting your exams in less than 6 months. 

More information about the course including the content overview and the one-time offer price coming soon.