Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCSE English Language

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE English Language specification encourages students to explore and respond, both imaginatively and critically, to a variety of texts. Students use reading to improve their writing skills. They also enhance their understanding of how language variations relate to identity and cultural diversity.

Studying this revised specification develops key transferable skills, such as selecting and adapting speech and writing to suit different situations and audiences.

Students have the opportunity to achieve a recognition of achievement in Functional English. They can also use texts that they are studying for our GCSE in English Literature as the stimulus for controlled assessment tasks.

The specification provides a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment. This qualification can lead to careers in the media, advertising or marketing and, with further study, teaching or law.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in English Language is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment before the end of the course.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit 1: Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts
  • Unit 2: Speaking and Listening
  • Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language
  • Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Related Circulars

Further information on the use of eCandidate Record Sheets in 2019 (S/IF/44/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2018

Expansion of eCRS to Include Visiting Moderated Units/Components (S/IF/34/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 June 2018

S/IF/06/19 - January 2019 - English Language Unit 4 / English Literature Unit 2
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 January 2019

Instructions to Teachers: December 2018 Uploads (S/IF/73/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 December 2018

Instructions to Teachers: November 2018 Uploads (S/IF/65/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 03 December 2018

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 January 2019

Past Papers

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Controlled Assessment

In this specification Unit 2: Speaking and Listening and Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language are controlled assessment units.

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Examinations

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Support


Connections Planner
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 August 2017

GEN3: Applying the required annotation conventions
(DOCX), Last Updated: 06 February 2018

Competence Level Strands for the Study of Spoken Language
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 October 2018

Competence Level Strands for the Study of Written Language
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 October 2018

Controlled Assessment (Unit 3) Clarification Document
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Course Planners
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 August 2017

English Language Support Event Controlled Assessment (GEN31)
(PPT), Last Updated: 31 October 2018

GCSE Controlled Assessment Themes 2018 - 2024
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

GCSE English Language and English Instructions to Teachers January 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 31 October 2018

GCSE English Language and English Literature Instructions to Teachers Summer 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 November 2018

GCSE English Language Launch and Support 2017
(PPT), Last Updated: 01 September 2017

GCSE Speaking and Listening Formative Record Sheet
(DOC), Last Updated: 18 October 2017

GCSE Speaking and Listening Rank Order
(DOC), Last Updated: 18 October 2017

GCSE Unit2 (GEN2) and Unit 3 (GEN3) eCandidate Record Sheets (eCRS) Summer 2019
(PPT), Last Updated: 21 November 2018

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 29 June 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Speaking & Listening Student Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 August 2017

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Speaking & Listening Teacher Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 August 2017

Unit 3 Controlled Assessment Studying Spoken & Written Language Student Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 August 2017

Unit 3 Controlled Assessment Studying Spoken & Written Language Teacher Guidance
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 August 2017

Writer's Craft Persuasive Language Techniques
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 August 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

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