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Highdown School
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Overview

GCSE English Language equips students with the skills required to read, understand and analyse a wide range of texts, as well as providing students with the opportunity to produce imaginative, creative and technically accurate pieces of writing for a variety of different purposes.  An essential prerequisite to A-Levels and other Level 3 courses, the AQA GCSE English Language specification will challenge, motivate and enable students to achieve their career ambitions.

Awarding Organisation: AQA

More information: Miss N Salmon

 

Curriculum and Assessment

Units

 

Unit 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

 

Section A – Reading

Students will be required to read, understand, analyse and evaluate different 19th Century literary texts.

 

Section B - Writing

Students will study narrative and descriptive writing.

 

Students will be assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute examination paper at the end of the course.

 

 

Unit 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

 

Section A – Reading

Students will be required to read, understand, analyse, evaluate and compare literary non-fiction texts from  different centuries.

 

Section B – Writing

Students will study discursive writing.

 

Students will be assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute exam paper at the end of the course.

 

 

Unit 3 – Spoken Language Assessment

 

Students are required to complete a presentation in front of an audience. This is a compulsory element of the course however, it does not contribute to the student’s final GCSE grade. Students will be awarded a separate certificate for this aspect of the course from the examination body.