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English Language GCSE at New College Pontefract

Course description

The aim of the GCSE English course is to improve your understanding and use of the language.  The work centres on developing your knowledge of how to spell and punctuate accurately and how to communicate ideas in an effective manner in a range of different situations.

Why should I study this subject?

The purposes of this qualification are to:

> to give students the con dence that their literacy skills, knowledge and understanding of English are strong.

> to provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment.

Course content

Component 1: fiction and imaginative writing. study selections from
a range of prose ction.

Component 2: non-fiction and transactional writing. study a range of 20th and 21st-century non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction).

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a good range of GCSEs (or equivalent) mainly at grades D and E.


Controlled Assessment - Speaking and Listening:
Three assessed activities:

  • Talk
  • Discussion
  • Drama


This represents 20% of the final mark

Two responses to Reading and two responses to Writing, comprising:

  • Shakespeare and Literary Heritage Poetry
  • Prose Study (Of Mice and Men)
  • One piece of first person narrative
  • One piece of third person narrative


This represents 40% of the total GCSE marks.

Paper 1: Foundation

  • English in the Daily World (reading)
  • Reading response to non-fiction/media texts - one hour


This represents 20% of the total GCSE marks.

Paper 2:

  • English in the Daily World (writing)
  • You will write two different real life texts in response to two different tasks - one hour.


This represents 20% of the total GCSE marks.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

It will give you the ability to express yourself fluently as this is a useful skill in countless jobs and on a variety of HE courses. GCSE English grade C is a prerequisite for university courses and most careers.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening


How will I be taught?
There is a wide variety of methods, including teacher– led work, group-work and pair-work. You will be expected to give presentations to the group as well as producing individual assignments. Handouts and videos also form part of the course. It builds on existing knowledge and abilities to prepare you for assessment in one academic year. ICT resources will also be used.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline GCSE subjects require two hours of independent study each.

What materials will I need to purchase?

  • Pens
  • Folder


Examining Board

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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