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English Language GCSE at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

What is GCSE English? English is a two-year course which allows pupils to enter for one or two qualifications: GCSE English and GCSE English Literature. English and the National Curriculum English is one of the ‘Core’ National Curriculum subjects. Pupils are assessed in three areas of learning: En.1 Speaking and Listening En.2 Reading En.3 Writing (including Handwriting, Spelling and Presentation) Skills During the course pupils will be expected to: - improve their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening - learn to write and speak fluent, accurate and appropriate English - read and respond to a range of literature, both fiction and non-fiction Assessment The majority of pupils will sit examinations in both English and English Literature, and there is a coursework requirement for each. English Paper 1 tests writing skills demanding: - a reading response to previously unseen non-fiction materials - one piece of writing which argues, persuades or advises, linked to previously unseen stimulus materials. This paper accounts for 30% of the final English grade. Paper 2 requires a reading response to prepared poetry from the AQA Anthology. This is based on a selection of poems from other cultures and traditions. The second part of this paper requires one piece of writing which informs, explains or describes. Some of the tasks will be linked thematically to poems in the Anthology. This paper accounts for 30% of the final grade. Written Coursework in English must include written responses to: - Shakespeare - Pre 1914 Prose - Media - Original Writing and accounts for 20% of the final grade. Oral coursework for English is assessed through three units of work which cover the following clusters of skills: - explaining, describing, narrating - exploring, analysing, imagining - discussing, arguing, persuading and accounts for 20% of the final grade. Teaching group organisation In English, pupils are grouped according to their ability. Homework Pupils will follow a varied homework programme including writing creative and formal essays, reading set texts, media and non-fiction texts, preparation for oral (Speaking) assessments and examination revision. Increasing understanding Pupils can make considerable progress in English by taking care with all work set. All homework will feed into developing skills and, if tackled conscientiously, will contribute directly to learning. When studying set texts, pupils are advised to read other work by the same author. Reading non-fiction is a key National Curriculum strand and we advise pupils to read quality journalism to help their background knowledge of informative language and increase their awareness of issues for discussion. Response to poetry (classic, contemporary and multi-cultural) is another key National Curriculum strand and wider reading of poetry is therefore also helpful.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in English or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to English such as a Teacher, Journalist or Editor. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

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: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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