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GCSE English

Title of qualification

GCSE English Language & English Literature (Dual Award)


Exam Board



What will I learn?

  • Read a wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts with understanding and insight.
  • Develop an appreciation of literature through the close study of prose, poetry and drama texts. 
  • Write skilfully to suit various audiences, purposes and forms.
  • Speak with increasing confidence and fluency for a variety of purposes and audiences.


How will this course be assessed?

English Language

  • 100% final examination.
  • 50% Reading’ 50% Writing.
  • Two exam papers:
  • Paper 1- “Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing”.
  • Paper 2- “Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives”.
  • Non assessment certification: “Spoken Language” skills.

English Literature

  • 100% final examination.
  • Paper 1: “Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel” (40%).
  • Paper 2: “Modern Texts and Poetry” (60%).


What skills do I need?

  • Literacy- the ability to read and write fluently.
  • Listening skills.
  • The ability to co-operate in group activities.
  • Presentational skills (both spoken and written).


What is next for me after this course?

Communication skills, creativity and critical thinking are essential for all Post 16 subject areas and a good GCSE in English is a requirement for all courses and jobs.  Skills and techniques developed in English studies may be continued in a wide range of AS/A2 courses including: English Language, English Literature, Combined Language & Literature, Studies and Film Studies.


Are there any restrictions with this course?

These are core qualifications studied by all students.





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