GCSE & A Level

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There are many differences between GCSE and  A level English language courses. Here are some of the key things you need to know when you’re sitting these exams. 

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Reading and comprehension skills

GCSE English Language paper one and two

Reading

GCSE English Language paper one

Creative Writing
Creative writing in English Language Exams
Transactional writing in exams

GCSE English Language Paper two

Transactional Writing

GCSE English Language

AQA, Edexcel, Eduqas (WJEC), and OCR all have two exams that students need to take in order to get their English Language GCSE qualification. There are, however, minor variations from exam board to exam board on what students will have to do during their English Language exams.

English language paper one exams are based on a piece of creative writing. Students need to answer a series of reading comprehension questions based on this fiction text, and must complete a piece of creative writing. 

Some exam boards use 19th century fiction for this language paper, while others use a more modern text. 

In the reading section, all exam boards will assess how well student can:

  • Select information from a text.
  • Identify and explain the structure of a text, and its effect.
  • Analyse language features and their effects.

In the writing section, examiners are looking to assess how well a student is able to:

  • Structure their ideas.
  • Use a range of language features and vocabulary.
  • Write using accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.

It is possible to improve grades through completing mock exams. But students should not underestimate how much reading for pleasure can positively impact on the outcome of this English language exam.

The second GCSE English Language paper concentrates on literary non-fiction. Students need to be able to read and produce a range of non-fiction material in order to be prepared for this second English Language paper. 

Like paper one, there are variations between exam boards. Some have two modern pieces of non-fiction, while others choose one from the 19th century to compare with a modern text. 

In sitting this exam, students will: 

  • identify and select information from a text
  • compare and explain the ideas of two texts connected by a theme
  • identify and analyse how language shows attitudes and biased perspectives

The writing section allows students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to:

  • structure their ideas
  • use a range of language features and vocabulary appropriate for non-fiction writing
  • write using accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar

In order to prepare effectively for English Language paper 2, students should read a wide range of non-fiction writing, including – but not limited to – biographies, blogs, newspaper articles, and speeches from various sources. Discussion and debates surrounding topical news stories enables students to consider topics from different perspectives and develop their own rigid argument: skills vital for the transactional writing aspect of this exam. 

During 1-2-1 lessons, students are guided through different aspects of these English language papers and develop the skills needed for the exams. With experience in exam marking, we understand how English Language papers are assessed and students gain a knowledge of what to look out for in each question in their exams. 

A Level English Language

English Language 1-2-1 Tuition

We also offer 1-2-1 or small group tuition for ‘A’ level English Language students. 

When studying an A level in English Language, students will undertake both coursework and exam preparation throughout their course. Students will learn about the various ways that language has developed in society, including how the way that modern technology influences our linguistic behaviours;  and how language is acquired during childhood. Like the English Literature ‘A’ level, English Language also has a focus on language theories and there is opportunity for critical discussion and debate. 

 

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