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English GCSE at Varndean College

Course description

This new syllabus is a fast-track, one year English Language course involving wider reading and building on written and spoken skills:

Paper 1: A written exam (1 hour/45 minutes) 50% of GCSE/ 80 marks. Analysing a literature fiction text and writing descriptively.

Paper 2: A written exam (1 hour/45 minutes) 50% of GCSE/ 80 marks Analysis and comparison of 19th, 20th and 21st Century non-fiction texts and writing to persuade

Non-exam spoken assessment: Teacher-assessed. 

If you already have a Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature, you do not have to re-sit English Language GCSE, but it may be useful in the future.



Entry requirements

Standard pre-advanced course requirements

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year


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