English (GCSE)

English (GCSE)

Name of Course
English

Qualification
EDUQAS GCSE English Language

Outline of Course

Students complete two exams to achieve an overall grade for their GCSE. 

Component 1 – 20th Century Literature Reading and Writing Prose.

This exam is 1 hour 45 minutes and makes up 40% of the exam grade.

Section A (20%) – Reading: Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (20%) – Prose: A creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles

 

Component 2 – 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive writing.  This exam is 2 hours and makes up 60% of the exam grade.

Section A (30%) – Reading: Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (30%) – Writing: Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks


Component 3 – Students also have to complete a non-assessment Speaking and Listening task.  For the students must make one presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback.

How it’s taught
Small group work
Discussion
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Exercises
Speaking and Listening Exercises

Topic Areas

Creative and Personal Writing, Comprehension, Formal Writing, Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Speaking and Listening

Homework
There will be homework on SPaG exercises and practice papers