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GCSE

English Language

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Why study English Language?

Exam board and specification codes: GCSE (9-1) English Language J351 OCR

This specification aims to inspire and motivate students, stimulating their interest in English language in their everyday lives. It teaches students to write analytically, structure a coherent line of argument and gain a better command of writing and speaking in English.

Students study a wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts and learn to write in a creative or journalistic style. In most cases universities and employers require applicants to have passed a GCSE in English Language and/or English Literature.

How is it examined?

  • Communicating information and ideas
  • Reading and writing non-fiction texts
  • Read and compare non-fiction texts: one 19th century non-fiction text and one 20th- or 21st-century text
  • Write one piece of original non-fiction

(Written paper; 2hrs; 80 marks; 50% of total GCSE)

  • Exploring effects and impact
  • Reading literary prose texts and creative writing
  • Read and respond to literary prose texts, one maybe non-fiction: both are 20th- or 21st-century literary prose
  • Write one piece of original creative writing

(Written paper; 2hrs; 80 marks; 50% of total GCSE)

  • Spoken language
  • Speaking and listening
  • Present information
  • Respond and debate

(Non-examined assessment; compulsory element; 40 marks)