GCSE English Language

What Will I Learn? 

The English Language GCSE focuses on communication. You read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, exploring the methods used by the writer and analysing their effects.

The English Language course also offers you the opportunity to  develop your own written communication by crafting a range of non-fiction texts, and narrative and descriptive pieces. You will learn how to confidently articulate your ideas and perspectives in your writing, using a range of vocabulary, methods and sentence structures.

All students will have the opportunity to develop their spoken communication, when your research and deliver a short Spoken Language presentation on a topic of your choice.

How Am I Assessed? 

This GCSE is 100% examination and is assessed across two equally weighted papers.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 1 unseen fiction text
  • Reading: 4 analytical questions (40 marks)
  • Writing: one piece of descriptive or narrative writing (40 marks)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 2 unseen non-fiction texts
  • Reading: 4 analytical questions (40 marks)
  • Writing: one piece of non-fiction writing to present a viewpoint (40 marks)

You will receive a separate Spoken Language grade of: Pass, Merit, or Distinction for your presentation. This does not form part of your GCSE English Language qualification.

What Career Options Do I Have? 

A pass (Grade 4) or strong pass (Grade 5) is required for entry to most courses, including vocational courses at College. Students who do not achieve a Grade 4 are required to repeat their GCSE.