Exam Board: AQA
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What will I be studying?
- Develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when Speaking and Writing
- Learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Read widely to develop their understanding of a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods
Learners will be encourages to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. The course offers a skills-based approach to the study of English Language. Questions are designed to take students on an assessment journey through both the smaller blocked tasks to more extended responses.
Students will investigate and connect the texts, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference when using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.
How will I be assessed?
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50% of GCSE)
Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (50% of GCSE)
Non-Examination assessment: Spoken Language (0% of GCSE) This can be carried forward from year 11.
Where might this lead me?
English GCSE is the prerequisite for all employment opportunities, training, college and post 16 courses.
English graduates are keenly sought after by employers who respect and desire the skills that are acquired through this subject.
Popular career routes include education such as research or teaching, law, media, journalism, advertising, public relations and politics.
Famous English graduates in the media include cartoonist, writer and illustrator Quentin Blake, Danny Boyle, actress Emma Thompson, broadcaster Natasha Kaplinski and Who wants to be a Millionaire host Chris Tarrant.