GCSE English Language

Course codes: OSC1346 / OSC1347
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A GCSE in English Language is a basic requirement for most employers and education institutes. Study towards the qualification from the comfort of your own home. All course materials and exam fees are included with the package option.

  • Learn how to communicate clearly through effective speech and writing
  • Develop your analytical skills, your ability to apply communication skills and the knowledge to present opinions successfully
  • Discover your personal style and adapt to the audience that is being addressed
  • Achieve a recognised qualification for further studies in English at A Level and BTEC Level
  • This course will provide you with an accredited AQA qualification upon successful completion of examinations
  • Add on exams and we will organise and book these for you
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Course overview

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the UK’s most widely recognised certification for the end of secondary school education. It is often the entry-level requirement to further study, such as A Levels and apprenticeships.

Our GCSE English Language course will focus on your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. You will cover topics such as grammar, creative reading and writing, viewpoints and perspectives and exploring different writing styles.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in English language, the GCSE English Language course is ideal for students aspiring to achieve a career involving English such as journalism, copywriting, teaching or editing.

You will need to take exams to achieve the official GCSE English Language qualification. You have the option of enrolling onto a package course which includes your exams and means we’ll organise and book these for you on your behalf.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in English Language (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper-based exams and a spoken language assessment.

Course content

Note: This course contains a practical speaking assessment as well as written exams.

Extra info

Assessment

To achieve a GCSE in English Language you will be assessed across all units. The examination fees can be added to the cost of this course.

Please note: If you add on exams you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster or London examination centre. You must be able to travel to the location you choose.

There are 2 paper-based examinations and a spoken language assessment. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will have 1 year to complete the full GCSE English Language course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time. Your only deadlines are the exams held each year, which can be when you are ready.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an GCSE in English Language by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent online or by post, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the exams and coursework, you will receive a GCSE in English Language. The awarding body is AQA.

Exam details

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What’s assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing

Assessment

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks / 25% – one single text)

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

What’s assessed

Section A: Reading

  • one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • writing to present a viewpoint

Assessment

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks / 25% – two linked texts)

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Non-Examination Assessment: Spoken Language

What’s assessed

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of standard English
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