GCSE English Language

About the course

This GCSE course develops students’ ability to use and understand the English language effectively through reading a range of texts, plus working on exercises in different writing techniques and spoken English. The qualification is assessed through two external examinations. Alongside this, a separate endorsed assessment of students’ ability to communicate is also undertaken through a speaking and listening task.

Overview of units

  • Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing
  • Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


You will be assessed by sitting two written examinations, one of 1 hour and 45 minutes and another of 2 hours. Each includes writing and reading tasks. There is also a Spoken Language element of the qualification, but this will not form part of your final mark and grade. Grades are reported from 9-1, with the communication element being reported in brackets after the grade at either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Where you can go next

Studying English provides core skills that are required in almost every area of employment and life. A GCSE in English is an essential qualification for pursuing a wide range of higher education, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the Eduqas website.

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