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NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

Specification

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Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 04 November 2014
(Version 5) NOTE: CCEA will NOT be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

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The CCEA GCSE English Language Specification is designed to be compatible with CCEA GCSE English Literature.

GCSE English Language is a unitised specification, with four assessed units.

Externally Assessed Components

Unit 1: 1 hour 30 min examination [20%]
Section A: Writing - Personal writing
Section B: Reading - Multi-modal texts (comparison/cross reference)

Unit 2: 1 hour 30 min examination [20%]
Section A: Writing - Discursive (one side of an issue)
Section B: Reading - Non-fiction (1 stimulus)

Examinations are available in Higher and Foundation Tier.

Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Speaking and Listening [20%]
3 tasks:

  • Individual presentation
  • Group interaction
  • Role play

Unit 4: Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively [40%]
3 tasks:

  • 4.1 The Study of Spoken Language
  • 4.2 The Study of Written Language
  • 4.3 Writing Creatively

Refer to the Specification for sample tasks for Unit 3 and for the titles available for completion for Unit 4 tasks.