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GCSE English Language

GCSE English Language is taught as part of a single integrated course with English Literature. Assessment will be through written examination. 

Students will follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE specification. They are taught in form groups.

Year 9 marks a transition to focus on the skills of literary analysis and formal essay writing necessary for Key Stage 4. Building on students’ enthusiasm and experience we extend the difficulty of the texts studied whilst maintaining creativity and intellectual stimulation. We are keen to extend the range and ambition of our students’ reading. There will be greater emphasis on reading non-fiction and media texts and writing in timed conditions to prepare for the GCSE. 
 
EXAMINATION 100%
PAPER 1: 19TH CENTURY FICTION 40%

  • Reading one unseen text with a focus on close reading to show understanding of the whole text.
  • Creative writing to engage the reader.

PAPER 2: NON- FICTION AND TRANSACTIONAL WRITING 60%

  • Reading two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts to demonstrate skills of analysis, evaluation and comparison.
  • Writing testing the ability to adapt style and language to a range of forms, audiences and purposes.

Spoken Language
This is a separately endorsed, internally assessed component which is then moderated by the examination board. Students are assessed on the following skills:

  • Presenting information and ideas, selecting and organising information effectively and persuasively
  • Listening and responding appropriately to questions and feedback
  • Expressing ideas using Standard English when appropriate.

Full details of the GCSE English Language course can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-language-2015.html

Mrs E. Goodman, (Head of English)