English Language


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Availability & Details

English Language, GCSE SF-ENLAGC-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, GCSE

Academic Year 2022-23 (1 year)

Examination board

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The course is aimed at anybody who wants to gain a qualification GCSE in English Language. When employers or colleges require a pass in GCSE English they usually mean a grade 4 or above.

Consequently, all students will be entered for the examinations at the end of the course. Students will work with texts across a range of forms, such as letters, articles, speeches and leaflets. Texts range across fiction (paper 1) and non-fiction (paper 2) from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Any student who has achieved a grade 3 in this GCSE will be required to take this course alongside their qualification.

This course is for any student with a strong interest in English language. It is essential that students can achieve a required level of reading for meaning, spelling, grammar and punctuation. These are examined before entry onto the course.

Paper One
Fiction Paper (50% of final mark) – final exam in the summer term.

Paper Two
Non-fiction Paper (50% of final mark) – final exam in the summer term.

Speaking and Listening Assessment – in-class assessment taken during the course.


Your work is assessed individually in tutorial sessions, group discussion and formally by component submissions. Final assessments are moderated by the exam board.

A grade 4 in GCSE English is invaluable to many employers. Students may also wish to continue on to another College course that may require a pass at GCSE English.

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