GCSE English Language


Entry requirements

You will usually require level 2 English or equivalent. An initial assessment of your skills will be made to determine your suitability for the course.Grade 4 (Grading new GCSE 2017) or above in a GCSE English course is a frequent requirement of employers and an entry requirement for many institutions of higher education.

This qualification enables you to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It involves practising Level 2 English skills in class and homework towards completing the following units.

Unit 1: One written paper, studying written language (reading), which is externally assessed
Unit 2: One written paper, using written language (writing), which is externally assessed
Unit 3: One essay on an extended literary text from a set text list; and two creative writing assignments, one descriptive and one narrative/expressive. (Controlled assessment)
Unit 4: One essay on studying spoken language; and three Speaking and Listening tasks (a discussion, presentation and role play). (Controlled assessment)

This is a condensed one year course which starts in September and ends the following June. Exams will be taken in June.


Resources required

Folder, paper and pen. You will be required to purchase one literary text booklet

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