English Language

Awarding Body: AQA

Course Description

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language is vital for progression to a level 3 programme at college or employment. If you have a grade 3 in GCSE English Language you will be required to retake the GCSE in your first year at College, to enable you to take your next steps.

Grade 3 at GCSE English Language.

The course will encourage you to use a wide variety of English confidently and appropriately. You will develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. There is also a reading component in all English GCSE courses. You will read a range of extracts from well-known fiction and non-fiction books from the past 200 years such as 1984 by George Orwell, The Lovely Bones by Alice Seebold, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, as well as a range of non-fiction texts like the journalism of Charles Dickens, Captain Bligh’s diary after the Mutiny on the Bounty and a range of political and inspirational speeches. Your work in response to these texts will encourage creative and imaginative writing.

You will build on your knowledge, understanding and skills of English Language to develop these to a fully competent level. The ability to make inferences about texts, to read actively and to write with accuracy are hugely important for your chances of further study and employment.

100% exam / spoken language endorsement

Studying for an English GCSE combines extremely well with employability and enterprise options on the E6 Programme. We encourage students to think about their futures and we link our writing tasks with students’ ambitions. We also will focus on teaching key literacy skills that will be vital in the workplace.

A grade 4 or above at GCSE English is the new gold standard for employers in all fields. Students who particularly enjoy their time in GCSE English may be interested in progression onto an English or media-based subject. Future careers in these areas might include journalism, marketing and public relations.

The two exams will take place in May/June at the end of this one year course.