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GGSE English Language

Subject Leader: Mr Carberry
What Specification (syllabus) is being taught?
What are the key topics and themes? When will they be taught?
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Marks: 80
Contribution to GCSE: 50%
Section A: Reading (40 marks)
● One fiction text from the 20th or 21st century.
● 1 short comprehension question, listing information (4 marks).
● 2 longer form questions focussing on language then structure (2 x 8 marks).
● 1 extended question, an opinion-based essay (20 marks.) Section B: Writing (40 marks)
● Descriptive or narrative writing.
● 1 extended writing question from a choice of two tasks (24 marks for content, 16
marks for accuracy).

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
Length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Marks: 80
Contribution to GCSE: 50%
Section A: Reading (40 marks)
● One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text.
● One text will be from either the 20th or 21st century
● The second text will be from the 19th century.
● 1 short comprehension question, selecting correct statements (4 marks).
● 2 longer form questions, focusing on summarising, and language analysis (1 x 8 marks and 1 x 12 marks).
● 1 extended question, in which texts are compared and analysed (16 marks). Section B: Writing (40 marks)
● writing offering a perspective on a given topic.
● 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for accuracy).

Students are taught the skills to succeed in these exams across the two years of the GCSE.
All students sit the same examinations.
How will my son or daughter be assessed? When do these assessments take place?
Assessment is through two exams, as noted above, at the end of Year 11.

Pupils also complete one internally assessed Spoken Language presentation, for which a separate endorsement of pass, merit or distinction will be awarded.
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
We encourage students to read widely; they can download articles from the internet or
get them from books to practise the skills required for each question.

A revision guide is also produced and issued each year just before Easter. This contains
some specimen paper materials, mark schemes and further reminders on how to complete each question effectively.

The BBC Bitesize website can be useful.