English Language


The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in

English Language enables students to:

  • read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding.
  • read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve writing.
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately.
  • Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.

Course Outline

Students will read a variety of high-quality, challenging non-fiction and literary non-fiction, in preparation to respond to unseen 20th- and 21st-century non-fiction in the examination.

At the end of the course they should be able to read substantial pieces of writing, including whole and extended texts that make significant demands in terms of content, structure and the quality of the language.

Throughout the qualification, students should develop the skills of interpretation, analysis and evaluation.

Text types studied should include a range of non-fiction forms, such as journalism

(For example articles and reviews), speeches, journals and reference book extracts.

Text types should also include literary non-fiction, such as selections from autobiography, letters, obituaries and travel writing.


Examination (100%) – There will be two external assessed examinations at the end of the course.

  • Paper 1 (40%) 1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 1 will examine the student’s ability to analyse fictional texts and write imaginatively

  • Paper 2 (60%) 2 hours

Paper 2 will require the students to analyse non-fiction texts and write a transactional text.

Students will be assessed internally on a regular basis through the marking of progress books and mock examinations.

Examining Board


Career Opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to English literature, drama, theatre studies, media studies and film studies, also allowing progression into other qualifications that require literacy skills, knowledge and understanding.

This qualification prepares students for progression to further study English Language at AS and A level and to the study of AS and A level English Language and Literature.

This qualification also supports further training and employment where literacy skills are required.

Teaching Methods

Students will be timetabled for eight periods of 60 minutes each.
In English there is a need for regular classroom learning and independent study.

Students will be prepared for examinations using a variety of learning styles including student presentations, class discussion and teacher centered learning.

Other information

The preparation and assessment of spoken language is a compulsory requirement of the course of study. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported grade, alongside the overall grade issued.

Performance will be assessed against common assessment criteria issued by the exam boards.

Students will be expected to read independently and complete homework tasks set by their class teacher to increase their chances of success.

Support is available through after school booster sessions and our bespoke English website

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (