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English GCSE at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Languages, Literature and Culture of the British Isles - Languages, Literature and Culture

Course content

English GCSE tests your ability to write and speak clearly and effectively and to understand what you read. You will study a wide range of non-literary (factual) material such as brochures, leaflets and newspapers as well as studying poetry from different cultures from the AQA Anthology. You will also be expected to write effectively for a range of audiences and different purposes, for example, you may write a letter to your MP persuading him/her to improve leisure facilities or a story about a real or imaginary experience.
English is offered at both foundation and higher levels.


Coursework accounts for 40% of your final mark. This is divided into 20% for written pieces, including writing to entertain, writing about media texts, a Shakespeare play and a pre-1914 text.
A further 20% is assessed on Speaking and Listening. You will be assessed on three separate occasions in a variety of different settings, individually, in groups or pairs and in a drama-focused piece.
You will be expected to show that you can use Standard English in spoken and written English.

Future opportunities

If you wish to study this subject at a higher level we offer A Levels in English Literature, English Language and combined English Language and Literature.
Employers expect students to have an English GCSE.

Further information

This subject is taught with English Literature and some pieces of coursework count for both English and English Literature. At the end of the course you will have two GCSEs. See English Literature entry for further details.
For a copy of the school's Key Stage 4 (14 to 16) brochure please log on to the school's website at

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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