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English Level 2 GCSE

This is a one-year course which aims to help rebuild confidence in English and develop your skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

With the help of your course tutor you will make an Individual Learning Plan, identifying the areas you need to improve in order to get the grade you need. Each half term you will review the progress you have made and set yourself new targets. You will need to be realistic when assessing your strengths and weaknesses and be committed to making a real effort to improve within the short duration of the course.                                   

+ Course details and future career paths

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Section A – Reading. Understanding of one prose extract of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B – Prose Writing. One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Section A – Reading. Understanding of two extracts of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions.

Section B – Writing. Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks.

Component 3: Spoken Language

One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback. Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

+ Progression

GCSE English is an important qualification for progression into a wide range of careers and Further and Higher Education courses. The achievement of a Grade C or above is evidence of your ability to read fluently, communicate orally and in writing with confidence and effectiveness.


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