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English (GCSE - Eduqas) at Robert Owen Academy

Course description

The course prioritises the development of skills for work, life and further education. This is a feature of the final exam where there is a slightly heavier weighting on the non-fiction Reading and Writing in Component 2 than on the literature and creative writing in Component 1.

The areas of study are as follows:


  • Critical reading and comprehension
  • Summary and synthesis
  • Evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features
  • Comparing texts


  • Producing clear and coherent text
  • Writing for impact

Spoken Language:

  • Presenting information and ideas
  • Respond to spoken language
  • Spoken standard English


Component 1: 20th Century reading and creative prose writing.

Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 40% of qualification.

Section A (20%) – Reading

Understanding of one prose extract assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing

One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction reading and transactional/persuasive writing.

Written examination: 2 hours 60% of qualification.

Section A (30%) – Reading

Understanding of two extracts, 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: Spoken Language.

Non-exam assessment unweighted.

One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback.

Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Robert Owen Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September