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English GCSE at Cromwell Community College

Course description

What will I study?

You will study either English only (one GCSE, which incorporates Language and Literature) or English Literature. The English course involves writing in different ways for different audiences, giving information, expressing feelings and views; writing imaginatively and from experience and reading and responding to all types of writing and literary texts.

Course content

How will I learn?

Before undertaking written work, you will usually spend time in discussion and making notes to help you and reinforce what you have learned. You will have the opportunity to plan work and practice drafting ideas before final assessments but all assessed and exam work will be completed under timed controlled conditions.


How will I be assessed?

English Literature

For Literature you will complete an external assessment on a prose text and poetry. You will then also be assessed in literary heritage, drama and comtemporary prose. There is also a controlled assessment which is based on poetry and drama.

English only

Some pupils will study English only which incorporates both English Language and Literature study, but is only one qualification. The course involves much the same as English Literature, but there is only one external examination worth 40% of the overall mark. 40% will be awarded through written controlled assessment and 20% wil be awarded through speaking and listening assessments, all of which will be internally assessed.

Will there be any Controlled Assessment?

You will complete controlled assessments focusing on reading and writing. You will study written language and produce two written assignments. You will also be assessed on the spoken language. These pieces will be assessed in class under exam conditions, but will be prepared for in advance.

Will there by any Indepdent Study?

For both courses you will certainly have to work independently, both in the classroom and at home, working conscientiously preparing for your controlled assessment in order to gain the best possible grades. You will receive help and advice from your teacher, but independent study is a necessary extension of English lessons and you must take responsibility for your own progress. Your teacher will keep all your controlled assessment ready to be sent to the exam board on request. You will then have to work hard in preparation for the examination papers. Careful and thorough practice and revision is essential.

Future opportunities

Where can this course take me?

A good qualification in English and English Literature shows that you can communicate ideas clearly, both orally and in writing. These skills are essential in Further / Higher education as well as the world of work.

Further information

Further Information:

Speak with Miss Garlick or any member of the English Faculty.;=7

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years