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GCSE English at Ruskin - The Priory Academy

Course description

From September 2010 the new syllabus for GCSE English was launched. This new syllabus enables students to gain GCSEs in English Language, or for more confident students, two GCSEs in Language and Literature.

The new Language syllabus develops skills essential for both students' cultural development and employability in the post-education world. The unit on literary reading and creative writing for example allows students to experience both classic and modern literature as well as to hone their own creative writing skills. Alternatively, preparation for examinations focuses on reading and writing, developing skills such as persuasion, analysis, arguing and explaining – essential for real life skills like writing CVs and applying for jobs. These essential skills are developed further through Speaking and Listening and the newly introduced unit on spoken language, where students learn how language is used in different contexts (such as formal situations like job interviews and informal situations like discussions between peer groups.)

The new Literature syllabus continues to offer students the opportunity to explore a wide range of the finest literature, but now with a greater balance between classic 'great' literary texts (such as Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen) and more modern texts dealing with relevant and often quite intense subjects (such as Heroes – the story of a World War two hero who has suffered terrible facial injuries.)

The pure English GCSE offers a combination of key elements from both the Language and Literature syllabuses.


Special Features:

The new syllabus for GCSE English offers the ability to achieve up to two GCSEs in a core subject. All students will be guided through a GCSE in either Language or English, whilst more confident students will have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

In recognition of the need for English to be relevant to the real, post-modern world, there is now an increased focus on developing functional skills – I.e. those skills (such as persuasive writing, formal speech, etc.) essential for success in real, post-educational situations; particularly the world of employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ruskin - The Priory Academy directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years