GCSE English

The aim of the GCSE English course is to improve your understanding and use of the language.  The work centres on developing your knowledge of how to spell and punctuate accurately and how to communicate ideas in an effective manner in a range of different situations.

What will I study?

The course focuses on a range of reading and writing activities across coursework and exams.

Controlled Assessment:

Speaking and Listening

Three assessed activities – 20% of the final mark.

  • Talk
    • Discussion
    • Drama

Two responses to Reading and two responses to Writing, comprising:

  • Shakespeare and Literary Heritage Poetry
  • Prose Study (Of Mice and Men)
  • One piece of first person narrative
  • One piece of third person narrative

This represents 40% of the total GCSE marks.

Paper 1:  Foundation

“English in the Daily World” (reading)

Reading response to non-fiction/media texts – one hour.

This represents 20% of the total GCSE marks.

Paper 2:

“English in the Daily World” (writing)

You will write two different real life texts in response to two different tasks – one hour.

This represents 20% of the total GCSE marks.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have achieved a good range of GCSEs (or equivalent) mainly at grades D and E.

What skills do I need?

Skills in:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening

How will I be taught?

There is a wide variety of methods, including teacher– led work, group-work and pair-work.  You will be expected to give presentations to the group as well as producing individual assignments.  Handouts and videos also form part of the course.  It builds on existing knowledge and abilities to prepare you for assessment  in one academic year.  ICT resources will also be used.

How is the course assessed?

Written coursework

Speaking and Listening coursework

Two 1hr written external examinations.

What will this course prepare me for?

It will give you the ability to express yourself fluently as this is a useful skill in countless jobs and on a variety of HE courses.  GCSE English grade C is a prerequisite for university courses and most careers.

Private study

As an approximate guideline AS subjects require 3-4 hrs of independent study each; A2 subjects 4-5 hrs each and GCSE subjects 2 hrs each.

What materials will I need to purchase?

  • Pens
  • Folder

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