Friday, 24 November, 2017

English Language

English Language is the dominant language throughout the world in the fields of: Commerce, Politics and Economics. Young people who can communicate in English give themselves an important advantage in the world of employment. As a result the English Language GCSE course is a skills based course which is designed to develop these important areas.

English language

Qualification requirements:

GCSE English Language will

  1. be 100% examination
  2. will be fully linear with all examinations taken at the end of the course;
  3. will have a new grading system will be introduced. Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest. Students will get a U where performance is below the minimum required to pass the GCSE;
  4. tiers will be removed and all examinations will be untiered;
  5. will have no internal assessment; assessment will be through externally assessed examinations only. The first examinations for these new GCSEs will be in summer 2017;
  6. exams will only be available in the summer, apart from a November series for English language. This November series will be for students who were at least 16 on the preceding 31 August;
  7. require students to answer questions on unseen 19th, 20thand 21st century texts
  8. have spoken language skills assessed – but this will not contribute to the overall grade
  9. allocate 20% of the marks for the written exams to technical accuracy

Two exams

Component 1: 1 hour 45 minutes 40%

Section A ( 20%) – Reading

One extract of literature from the 20th century.

5-6 comprehension questions.

Section B ( 20%) – Prose Writing

One creative writing task drawn from a selection of four titles

Component 2:  2 hours  60%

Section A (30%) – Reading

Two extracts of high-quality non-fiction writing from the 19th and 21st centuries

5-6 comprehension questions.

Section B (30%) – Writing

Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks.

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