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Why study English?
Do you love to read and enjoy writing? Do you wish that your love of words could help you find a challenging and satisfying career? If so, studying for an English GCSE is the starting point for you.
Studying our English GCSE course can provide many benefits. As well as effective preparation for GCSE exams, it will develop the skills and understanding required for studying the subject further at A-level, foster a love of language and literature in all its forms and enable you to communicate effectively in a wide variety of other subjects and situations.
Whilst studying English Language GCSE you will learn to read and respond to challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
The examined texts, across a range of genres and types, will support you in developing your own writing through the provision of effective models. The texts will include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism, from both printed and online sources.
When writing, you will learn to write for impact and to produce clear and coherent written texts.
You will build a familiarity with a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, and engage with creative as well as real writing contexts. The course will provide opportunities to develop sophisticated reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.
The course is split into 5 main modules as shown below.
- Module 1: Reading Unseen Literature
- Module 2 Exploring Creative Writing and Non-Exam Spoken English Assessment
- Module 3 Reading Non-Fiction Viewpoints and Perspectives
- Module 4 Reading Non-Fiction Viewpoints and Perspectives II
- Module 5 Presenting Written Viewpoints
As you work through the course you will submit 10 Tutor-marked Assignments. These are formative assessments so you can gauge your progress as you work through the course.
Completion of the GCSE English Language course will enable candidates to read fluently and write effectively. Candidates will be able to demonstrate confident control of Standard English forms and will write grammatically correct sentences. They will show confidence when employing figurative language and analysing texts.
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