An essential qualification if you want to go on to further study, and a basic requirement for many jobs. From September 2016 we will be teaching the new “9 to 1” GCSE in English with the first assessment taking place in the summer of 2017.
GCSE English is designed to enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. Further advice will be given on delivering presentations and performing other speaking and listening tasks.
The course is broken down into 2 units, both assessed using a final, unseen examination:
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)
Section A: Reading - one literature fiction text (25%)
Section B: Writing - descriptive or narrative writing (25%)
Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)
Section A: Reading - one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text (25%)
Section B: Writing - writing to present a viewpoint (25%)
Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language (0% weighting of GCSE)
• responding to questions and feedback
• use of Standard English
• teacher set throughout course
• marked by teacher
• separate endorsement
4 Ds or 3s including English and maths or a relevant full level 1.
You will complete 2 final exams, both unseen. There will also be speaking and listening assessments, throughout the course of study.