CCEA GCSE English Language
Pupils develop their reading and writing skills through studying and creating a range of functional and imaginative texts. They study spoken language and develop their speaking and listening abilities.
In studying this course all teachers of English will seek to develop pupils’ abilities to:
demonstrate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, necessary to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately;
express themselves creatively and imaginatively;
become critical readers of a range of texts, including multi-modal texts;
use reading to develop their skills as writers;
understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken English;
understand the impact of variations in spoken and written language and how they relate to identity and cultural diversity;
select and adapt speech and writing to different situations and audiences.
This is a unitised specification with four assessed units. This examination is untiered. The possibility of entering modules is available to pupils in January and May of each academic year. The class teacher will decide when pupils are ready to sit each paper. Repeats are available to sit.
Externally Assessed Components
Unit 1: 1 hour 45 minutes examination [30%]
• Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts.
Unit 4: 1 hour 45 minutes examination [30%]
• Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts.
Unit 2: Speaking and Listening [20%] 3 tasks:
• Individual presentation
• Group interaction
• Role play
Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language [20%] 2 tasks:
• The Study of Spoken Language
• The Study of a Written Language