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This GCSE will focus on developing your reading and writing skills. In class, you will practice exam technique and read extracts from a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction to develop your analytical skills. 


100% Examination – 2 written exams to be taken in the summer.

There will also be Spoken Language assessments, which will be assessed in class and separately endorsed.

Entry Requirements

Grade 3 in a previous GCSE English or English Language exam.


Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

This is worth 50% of the GCSE

Section A: Reading

  • Response to a piece of unseen literary fiction

Section B: Writing

  • Descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

This is worth 50% of the GCSE

Section A: Reading

  • One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • Writing to present a viewpoint

Spoken Language tasks will assess your presenting skills, as well as the way you respond to questions and feedback, and your use of Standard English.


A GCSE English qualification is one of the endorsed progression routes to most A level subjects.

An increased confidence in using literacy within other subjects.

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