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English GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

As this is one of the core subjects in the National Curriculum and English Baccalaureate, all students are required to study English Language at Key Stage 4. The content and structure of the current GCSEs is changing and new courses will be delivered in schools from September 2015. Although the actual specifications are yet to be finalised, the main change is that the only controlled assessment unit in English will be for Speaking and Listening; the rest of the course will be externally assessed at the end of year 11.
The English Language GCSE will encourage students to read a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction (from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries). There is a strong focus on ensuring students are able to write clearly and accurately as well as an increased emphasis on spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.
In addition to English Language, the majority of students will also study for the separate English Literature GCSE. This GCSE encourages students to read, explore, and respond to, a wide range of classic literature.


Speaking and Listening is assessed by the teacher throughout the course (there is a greater emphasis on teaching students to become more confident in formal speaking). All other components of both English Language and Literature are assessed through terminal examination. There will no longer be Higher or Foundation tiers so all students will sit the same examinations

Future opportunities

A pass at GCSE English is a requirement for almost all other Further and Higher Education courses, with a Level 2 pass (Grade C or above or equivalent) required by many Further and Higher Educational establishments.
The course leads on to a range of A Level courses offered by the Directorate: English Language, English Literature, Media, Film Studies and Creative Writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years