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English Language GCSE at Kendal College

Course description

This course runs part time, over 30 weeks (one academic year). You will follow the new specification AQA GCSE English Language (4705). It is an ideal choice for learners who wish to explore a range of language topics with an element of literature, develop a range of skills and expand their English Language knowledge base, all in one qualification. Language, with an element of literature, is studied concurrently and teaching is tailored to the needs of students as well as assessment success.

Course content

There is a skills-based approach to the study of English Language on this course; the assessment is also unitised around three areas:

- Unit 1: Understanding and Producing Non-fiction Text

Assessment of this unit is by an externally set exam. This unit looks at the mass media, newsprint, magazines and internet websites as producers of non-fiction text. You will also consider your response to these texts as a consumer to aid your own production of non-fiction text in the assessment. The unit is worth 60% of the total GCSE mark.

- Unit 2: Speaking and Listening

This unit involves discussing and listening, presentation and role-play activities. By looking at presentation skills and interview techniques used in the world around us, we gain an insight into linguistic and social interactions. You will draw on the English Language knowledge and skills you gain throughout the year in your assessed work.

- Unit 3: Understanding and Producing Creative Text

The unit is assessed by a controlled assessment. Under exam-like conditions, you will produce five pieces of writing in response to tasks selected from the AQA task bank. This unit involves the study of Creative Writing, Extended Reading & Analysis and Spoken Language Study. This unit is worth 40% of the total GCSE mark.

Learning Styles:

The classroom sessions have planned college learning zone visits, lively discussions and a variety of activities (involving whole class, individual and group work). Teaching resources include the use of DVDs, audio files and internet sourced material.

The course makes use of the College’s excellent ICT and VLE facility (Wordpress) whenever possible. In addition to the classroom sessions and self-directed study, basic ICT skills can be gained and developed throughout the year, enabling off-site learning and tutor contact.

Entry requirements

A recent grade D at GCSE or a level 2 equivalent is essential although a diagnostic assessment, prior to enrolment, may determine course suitability.

If you haven’t a GCSE D in the subject, the College runs English functional skills workshops, which you could join to develop your skills before moving onto the GCSE.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor prior to enrolment: Jane.Harrison:


GCSE English Language will be assessed in two ways:

  • Formal controlled assessments (see unit 3); two on Creative Writing, one on Extended Reading and one Spoken Language Study. These are internally assessed and externally moderated and verified. 40% of total GCSE mark.
  • End of year examination on Understanding and producing non-fiction texts. This externally assessed. 60% of total GCSE mark.

Future opportunities

GCSE English Language is one of the core qualifications needed to secure employment and progress to universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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