The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in English Language is a linear course. English is focused on both written and spoken fluency, critical reading and raising literacy skills.
Assessment consists of two externally examined components and one endorsement for Spoken Language. Students must complete all assessment in the same series.
The programme develops skills in the following areas:
• Creative Writing
• Understanding & Producing Non-fictional Text
• How to Write Different Text Formats
• Study of the Spoken Word
• Developing Speaking & Listening Skills
• Developing Reading Comprehension Skills
• Improving Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
• Peer assessment
• Independent learning
GCSE (9-1) English Language provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to help students progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education.
You will require the following equipment:
• a pocket dictionary that you can bring to class
• pens highlighters (three colours) and pencils
• A4 wide-lined paper with a margin
• a file to keep your work safe
The Edexcel Anthology covers the reading requirements of the course, and is for use throughout the course and in the exams. The anthology is available on MOODLE and contains two distinct sections: A and B. Section A comprises non-fiction texts, such as factual autobiographical extracts (800-1000 words) and media texts. Section B contains extracts from 19th century creative writing.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.
GCSE English performance is usually a good indicator of how well candidates do when progressing to FE or HE and also into the workplace. The majority of university courses require at least a grade C/4 in GCSE English. Some university courses go further and ask for specific subjects at GCSE, with certain grades.
English is focused on both written and spoken fluency, critical reading and raising literacy skills. A variety of texts (19th, 20th & 21st Century) are analysed from various real-life contexts, which support learners’ main curriculum study and progression destinations. Learners practice their own creative and informative writing skills, which support their creativity and ability to think critically, again vital skills in education and the workplace. All these skills are transferable into curriculum programs.