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English GCSE

Course Overview

Students will be expected to read and respond to a variety of text types, including fiction and non-fiction. Writing in a number of different styles including descriptive and narrative and writing to express a point of view will also form an important part of the final assessments.

This qualification will require students to take part in a spoken language endorsement in order to qualify for the GCSE.


Course Components

Year 1 Components

Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing

  • Section A: 4 Questions on one fiction text

  • Section B: Writing to describe/narrate

Paper 2 Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives

  • Section A: 4 Questions on two non-fiction texts (including comparison of attitudes and methods)
  • Section B: Writing a viewpoint

Spoken Language Endorsement: Deliver a talk on a topic chosen by the student and answer questions on it following the presentation.

Key Info


  • 100% Exam
  • Spoken Language Endorsement
  • Exam Board: AQA


Subject Lead

Miss G Smy & Mrs C Wright

Why Choose this Course?

To aim to secure a grade 4+ at GCSE and improve standards of reading, writing and spoken English.

Skills You Gain

It will enhance your understanding of how texts are put together for a purpose and the ways writer’s use language to create meaning and specific effects. Students will develop technical accuracy and confidence in expressing a point of view. 

After Northgate

GCSE grade 4 in English is essential for almost all employment and further/higher education at 17+ or 18+.

Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123