UNIT 1: Oracy (20%)
You will give one individual, researched presentation, based on WJEC set themes. You will also take part in one group discussion on written and/or visual stimuli provided by WJEC to initiate the discussion. Themes and stimulus materials will be given out one week before the assessments, in order to allow you to conduct research. Please note that we are required to record all oral assessments.
UNIT 2: Reading and Writing: Description, Narration and Exposition (40%)
You will sit a two-hour examination paper in June. In Section A of the examination, you will be assessed on your reading skills, through a series of structured questions. This section will also include an editing task. In Section B, you will complete one writing task to be selected from a choice of two. The writing task options will be descriptive, narrative or explanatory. This section will also include one proofreading task. Half of the marks for this section will be awarded for communication and organisation, and the other half for writing accurately.
UNIT 3: Reading and Writing: Argumentation, Persuasion and Instructional (40%)
You will sit a second two-hour examination paper in June. In Section A of the examination, you will be assessed on your reading skills, through a series of structured questions. In Section B, you will complete one argumentation writing task and one persuasion writing task. Half of the marks for this section will be awarded for communication and organisation, and the other half for writing accurately.
You will attend one class each week.
Updated July 2017
You will sit an initial assessment in the first class to determine whether you have the necessary skills to succeed at GCSE English in 20 weeks. If the assessment suggests that you need to improve your basic skills before beginning the GCSE English course, you will be referred to another, more appropriate, class.
This course runs for three hours per week for 20 weeks
A C grade or higher in GCSE English Language is a requirement for many Further and Higher Education courses. Most employers also look favourably on applicants who have passed GCSE English Language.