English

Edexcel GCSE

Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract.

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.

  • The total number of marks available is 64.
  • Assessment duration 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts.

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.

  • The total number of marks available is 96.
  • Assessment duration: 2 hours and 5 minutes

Spoken Language

This component is internally assessed under controlled conditions, and externally monitored by Pearson.

  • Candidates must undertake a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic in a formal setting, listen and respond to questions and feedback, and use spoken English effectively.
  • There are no marks for the Spoken Language endorsement. Students are awarded a grade Pass, Merit or Distinction

Future pathway: Language is of personal, social and economic importance. Our ability to use language lies at the centre of the development and expression of our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity. Language is itself a key aspect of our culture.

The course will enable students to communicate well both in written and oral mode. They will gain the skills required to explore, analyse and interpret information in a range of sources confidently and systematically.

Grade 4 or above in English Language is an essential pre-requisite for access to employment and courses in further education.

Pride and achievement in learning