A new training course is set to be launched to prepare FE lecturers for a massive expansion in students who will need to be taught English GCSE.

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed it is developing an English enhancement programme to help FE lecturers teach the subject at GCSE.

This is being developed with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and the Association of Centres for Excellence in College Education (ACETT) for teachers.

It is understood the programme could be launched as early as spring next year.

A spokesperson for ETF, said: “The DfE does have an English continued professional development course in development, but delivery models and arrangements are yet to be confirmed.

“The foundation [ETF] will work to make the programme as accessible and affordable for providers as possible.

“What this may look like will be determined as the programme develops.”

This comes after the ETF announced three weeks ago it will subsidise a new GCSE maths enhancement programme, which will limit the cost of the course to be launched in November to £100 per person.

The courses are needed because the government has announced learners aged 16 will no longer be able to drop maths or English, unless they have achieved at least grade C in their GCSEs.

This will mean thousands more teenagers having to be taught GCSE maths and English in FE.

An ACETT spokesperson said: “An English enhancement programme is currently being developed, with a view to launch it in the new year.

“We cannot go into details at present because it is only the early stages, but it will serve a similar purpose to the maths enhancement programme, in that it help prepare FE lecturers to teach GCSEs.”

John Westwell, from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, which is developing the maths enhancement course, said it will focus on areas including algebra, trigonometry, geometry and statistics.

He added the course will specifically look at the most effective ways of preparing learners for resits.