GCSE English Language
You will develop your reading and writing skills through studying and creating a range of functional and imaginative texts. You will study spoken language and develop your speaking and listening abilities.
In studying this course you will develop your ability to:
demonstrate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately;
express yourself creatively and imaginatively;
become critical readers of a range of texts, including multi-modal texts;
use reading to develop your skills as writers;
understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken English;
understand the impact of variations in spoken and written language and how they relate to identity and cultural diversity;
select and adapt speech and writing to different situations and audiences.
This is a unitised specification, with four assessed units.
Externally Assessed Components
Unit 1: 1 hour 30 min examination [20%]
Section A: Writing - Personal writing
Section B: Reading - Multi-modal texts (comparison/cross reference)
Unit 2: 1 hour 30 min examination [20%]
Section A: Writing - Discursive (one side of an issue)
Section B: Reading - Non-fiction (1 stimulus)
Examinations are available in Higher and Foundation Tier.
Unit 3: Speaking and Listening [20%] 3 tasks:
• Individual presentation
• Group interaction
• Role play
Unit 4: [40%] 3 tasks:
• The Study of Spoken Language
• The Study of a Literary Text
• Creative writing