Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. The course aims to give opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.
Students will need to take English and Maths if they do not currently have Level 4 or higher at GCSE.
Students will study the following content as part of this GCSE:
Critical reading and comprehension
- critical reading and comprehension
- summary and synthesis
- evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features
- comparing texts
- producing clear and coherent text
- writing for impact
- presenting information and ideas
- responding to spoken language
- spoken Standard English
There are no previous learning requirements. Candidates are not required to have taken any particular qualifications before taking this course. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme. Students will need to take English and Maths if they do not currently have Level 4 or higher at GCSE.
The English Language GCSE is a requirement in many areas of further study at Level 3. The confident use of the English Language is also a valuable life skill, which will be useful in any field of employment.