English Language GCSE
Oracy, reading and writing skills are life skills and are recognised in GCSE English Language. Students will develop their ability to speak, read and write fluently, appropriately, effectively and critically – for a range of personal, functional and social purposes. Students will learn to respond to a wide range of challenging written texts. The course covers a variety of texts from fiction to letters, reports, articles, reviews and diaries. Students will gain an understanding of the way a writer is influenced by their purpose and audience as well as by what is happening around them,
English Language is compulsory at GCSE unless students are studying for their IELTs examinations.
The specification we follow is the WJEC Syllabus.
Students will study and analyse a range of both fiction and transactional texts and extracts, written for a variety of different audiences and purposes. Students will continue to practise and develop their writing, editing and proof-reading skills through the course.
The qualification is made up of two equally weighted externally assessed units, and one internally assessed unit. The two externally assessed units test Reading and Writing skills, whilst the internally assessed unit tests Oracy skills. The course is linear with all external assessments undertaken at the end of Year 11.
Unit 1: Oracy
Task 1 (10%) – Individual Researched Presentation
Students deliver a researched presentation on their chosen topic relating to one of the given themes.
Task 2 (10%) – Responding and Interacting
Students engage in a group discussion based on given written and/or visual stimuli.
Unit 2: Reading (20%) and Writing (20%)
Students are tested on their understanding of at least one argumentation, one persuasion and one instruction text with a thematic link, assessed through a range of structured questions. Students will complete one writing task from a choice of two that could be either description, narration or exposition. Students will also need to proofread and correct a brief text.
Unit 3: Reading (20%) and Writing (20%)
Students are tested on their understanding of at least one description, one narration and one exposition text with a thematic link, assessed through a range of structured questions. Students will complete two writing tasks, one argumentation writing task and one persuasion writing task.
Half of the marks in both the writing sections of Unit 2 and 3 will be awarded for communication and organisation and the other half for accuracy (language, grammar, punctuation and spelling).