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English GCSE at Presdales School

Course description

The course covers two units that are assessed for GCSE English Language. Students need to show functional skills in understanding and producing non-fiction texts, together with speaking and listening and writing creatively.

Entry requirements

This course is compulsory for students who failed to achieve a grade C in English Language. It may also be taken by any person wishing to improve their GCSE English Language grade.


The course can be completed in two ways either:
November retake:
External examination in understanding and producing written texts (60%)
End of year assessments:
External examination in understanding and producing written texts (60%)
Four controlled assessments in understanding spoken and written texts (40%)

Future opportunities

Achieving a C in English Language is a requirement for many further courses, higher education and career opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Presdales School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.