GCSE – English Language


This course is for students who have studied at Key Stage 4 and have achieved a grade D. The course develops the reading and writing skills acquired previously in a clear and structured manner.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    This course is for students who have studied at Key Stage 4 and have achieved a grade D. The course develops the reading and writing skills acquired previously in a clear and structured manner.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    WJEC

    This course is designed to give students new opportunities to improve their understanding and use of both spoken and written language.

    The course includes two examinations:

    Unit 1 (1 hour) Reading (30%) – the development of close reading and analysis skills.

    Unit 2 (1 hour) Writing (30%) – development of writing skills for specific audiences, purposes and contexts eg. letters, speeches, leaflets, handouts, etc.

    Unit 3 Controlled assessments (30%) – study and critical analysis of a literary text (2 hours) and two writing tasks (narrative and descriptive writing – 2 hours in total).

    Unit 4 Study of Spoken language written controlled assessment (10%) (2 hours).

    In addition to the four units above, three speaking & listening assessments will be conducted as part of the course and a separate grade to the GCSE English Language qualification will be awarded.

    Method of assessment

    60% externally assessed examination and 40% controlled assessment.

    The English Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The English Department provides a wide range of specialisms and enthusiasms. We teach in The Wilson Building, in spacious classrooms which allow us to accommodate a variety of activities.

    The Department comprises:

    • David Green (Head of Department)
    • Dianne Wood (Management responsibility for A Level English Literature)
    • Andy Feetom
    • Belinda Hakes
    • Chris Gruca
    • Jamie Farrow
    • Jenny West
    • Julie Visgandis
    • Kerry Brant
    • Lesley May
    • Lynne Magowan
    • Mark Eyre
    • Meg Williams
    • Sarah Watts
  • Progression:

    Students who successfully pass their single level two year at Wyke can look to progress onto level three at the College or use their qualifications to access another course, apprenticeship or employment opportunity offered by another provider.