English Language

English Language GCSE is mandatory for admission to almost all jobs and courses with the majority of courses expecting a grade 5 or above. The skills assessed as part of GCSE English Language will prepare students for a wide range of future career paths and will complement and support the study of all subjects across the curriculum. Students studying for a GCSE in English Language can expect to develop and improve their skills in the following areas:

Students will expect to develop a range of skills by studying the English Language such as:

  • Developing reading and writing skills.
  • Reading and enjoying a variety of short texts from the C19th and C20th and developing the ability to understand implicit and explicit meanings in texts.
  • Developing a critical understanding of non-fiction texts.
  • The ability to discuss a wide range of topics.
  • The ability to analyse language and text structures and how writers create effects.
  • The ability to evaluate and compare writers’ ideas and viewpoints.
  • The ability to write texts for different genres, audiences and purposes.
  • The ability to understand grammar, punctuation and spelling.