What will be studied?
Studying GCSE English Language will allow students of all abilities to develop the analytical skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different fiction and non-fiction texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. Students will have the opportunity to develop high-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. Students will use this knowledge and that gained from wider reading, to inform and improve their own writing. They will learn how to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for effect.
What will lead to success in this course?
Both exam papers are unseen and require students to be able to understand and comprehend a range of challenging texts. Newspapers, novels, short stories, letters and magazines all count. Students just need to get reading. Not only will this help develop literacy skills but also mean they will be learning new vocabulary, understanding sentence types and their effects and getting to grips with punctuation.
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How is the course assessed?
The assessment for this subject is based on three components:
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: This involves reading an extract from a novel and exploring how language and structure are used. Students then have to write their own creative narrative.
Paper 2: Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives: After reading two articles, students will demonstrate they can understand the writer’s ideas and perspectives. In section B students will be asked to write a non-fiction text that presents their own arguments and views.
Speaking and Listening Endorsement: This non written component sees students planning, preparing and presenting a three minute presentation on a topic of their choice. This is followed by a questioning session from a teacher. Although this does not contribute to the final grade, it is a compulsory element that must be completed in order to pass the course.
What will this qualification lead to?
Every career pathway requires literacy and verbal communication skills so you will use this GCSE every day for the rest of your life. For students who want to learn more and build on the skills gained, A-level English language is offered.