GCSE English Language

Course Overview

The course focuses on developing reading and writing skills and is assessed through two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as a stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper.

Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers.

Paper 2, Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

The non-examined element focuses on spoken language (previously speaking and listening) which emphasises the importance of the wider benefits that speaking and listening skills have for students. The endorsed unit will draw on good practice to suggest how engaging formative tasks can lead to a single summative assessment.

Exams and Coursework

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. (Section A: Reading – literary fiction text. Section B: descriptive or narrative writing) 1 hr 45 min. 80 marks. 50% of final GCSE.

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives. (Section A: reading – one non-fiction text, one literary non-fiction text, Section B: writing to present a viewpoint) 1 hr 45 min. 80 marks. 50% of final GCSE.

Non-exam assessment: Spoken Language. Presenting in a formal context; responding to questions and feedback; using Standard English. Classed as a separate endorsement – 0% weighting towards final GCSE.

Potential Pathways (Post-16)

AS/A Level English Language and AS/A Level English Literature.

Potential Career Routes

Most careers now require a C grade minimum in GCSE English Language. English specific careers could include: journalism, marketing, teaching, education, advertising, editing, copywriter, script-writer, public relations, television/radio broadcasting.

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