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English Language - GCSE at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

This is an interesting and stimulating course which involves both a practical, skills-based and an academic approach to language. You are encouraged to develop your interest and enjoyment in the use of English, through learning more about its structures and functions, its development and variations. You will learn to express yourself with increasing competence and sophistication, encounter a varied range of reading, and develop skills of critical and active listening.

Course content

The course consists of a variety of oral and written tasks, some of which are assessed internally and some by external examination.

Internally assessed:

4 written tasks:

  • Extended reading
  • Creative writing x 2
  • Spoken language study

A range of speaking and listening tasks to include:

  • Discussions
  • Individual contributions
  • Role plays

The external examination will include:

  • Media and non-fiction texts
  • A long and a short writing task loosely linked to the theme of the texts

Daytime students will also complete their Functional skills Level 2 Communication qualification.

How it is taught

Teaching will be through whole class, group and individual activities. Daytime students will have four lessons a week. In the first term and a half, the focus will be on completing the internally assessed tasks, after that students prepare for the exam paper.

Entry requirements

Most students who have not achieved a grade C in GCSE in English Language will go into a GCSE class.


Understanding and producing non-fiction texts - 2 hours - June

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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