GCSE English Language

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What is the qualification?
One full GCSE awarded at grades 9 – 1

What will students be doing on the course?  How will it be structured?
Students will sit two examinations in which they will answer questions on previously unseen extracts from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty first centuries. There will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Students will also complete two writing tasks in which they will have to present a point of view and complete a piece of descriptive or narrative writing.

Spoken Language (speaking and listening)
This component does not count towards the overall GCSE grade. A separate endorsement/certificate will be awarded. It is covered through one presentation and subsequent discussion.

The course is assessed by 100% terminal examination at the end of Year 11. There are two examinations.

What skills do students need to develop to be successful at this course?
Students will need to develop their ability to write in different genres for a range of different audiences and purposes. Students will need to be able to identify relevant supporting textual detail and language and structural devices as well as analyse texts and writers’ language choices in depth. Students must be able to comment on the effects at word, sentence and text level. Students will need to work both independently and in groups to plan, discuss and present ideas orally.

What could this qualification be used for?
GCSE English Language is an essential qualification and is often required (at at least 5/4 grade) to study many further education courses offered at post-16.

Additional information
Students will be studying GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature during Years 10 and 11.