English Language

Course Content

This course is taught alongside GCSE English Literature, but counts as a separate GCSE. The GCSE is divided into two papers:

Paper 1: Reading 20/21st century literature fiction and Descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Reading 19th, 20/21st century non-fiction texts and Writing to present a viewpoint

The qualification enables you to:

  • Identify  and interpret  explicit  and implicit  infor- mation and ideas
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure
  • Compare  writers’  ideas  and  perspectives  across two texts
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with ap- propriate textual references
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imagina- tively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audi- ences
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentence struc- tures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

How is this course assessed?

This course is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end, under examination conditions. The final grade (1-9) will correspond with how well you perform in each of the following:

Paper 1 Section A: Reading – This Unit is worth 40 marks and involves students answering four ques- tions.

Paper 1 Section B: Writing – This unit is worth 40 marks and involves students producing one response in detail.

Paper 2 Section A: Reading – This unit is worth 40 marks and involves students answering four ques- tions.

Paper 2 Section B: Writing – This unit is worth 40 marks and involves students producing one response in detail.

Contact information

South Campus: chris.mann@ewsacademy.org.uk

North Campus: shazeen.robson@ewsacademy.org.uk