GCSE English Language is designed to inspire and motivate students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge, whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all. The course enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly. There are two equally-balanced exam papers, each assessing reading and writing in an integrated way.
Students will be assessed over a 3½ hour period, split equally across two papers, giving them time to express their true abilities and achieve their best possible grade. Paper one will assess a literature fiction text to develop reading skills. Paper two will assess a non-fiction and literary non-fiction text in order to focus on writers’ attitudes and viewpoints. Both papers are 1 hour and 45 minutes in length, and each account for 50% of the qualification.
All students will study GCSE English Language (alongside GCSE English Literature).
A good command of the spoken and written word is vital for success in other subject areas. English is a must have subject for college, university, work and life.