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GSCE: English Language at New College Leicester

Course description

GCSE English Language gives students the opportunity to explore the meanings behind fiction and non-fiction texts (such as extracts from 19th century literature and 20th century newspaper articles) and to develop their own imaginative and transactional writing skills.


Course content

The course will teach you how to analyse and evaluate writers’ use of language features to engage and interest readers and it will give you the opportunity to study a range of stimulating texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.


You will complete a Spoken Language Endorsement (SLE) also.


Entry requirements

Students should have already achieved an English grade 3 (or 4) at GCSE and have followed the content taught in Years 10 and 11.


There may be the opportunity for early entry (in November) for those students who have achieved a high grade 3 (or 4) at GCSE.



100% examination – Paper 1 (Fiction and Imaginative Writing) at 40% and Paper 2 (Non-fiction and Transactional Writing) at 60%.


Your SLE will be assessed internally as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.


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Future opportunities

  • A grade 4 or, ideally, 5 is required in English for many further education courses and jobs;
  • A Level English;
  • Advertising, journalism and teaching among many others!


Further information

Please contact Mr Paul Butler (Head of English) or your Connexions or careers advisor.

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: 29 November 2018
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