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English Language

During the course you will learn how to analyse a wide variety of written and spoken texts, including media texts, literary texts, and the spoken word.

What is English Language?

This is a linear qualification with assessment to be taken at the end of the course in June 2018. English Language retains the separate endorsement of spoken language, which will be internally assessed and externally moderated. The new specification has a particular focus on literary, media and unseen texts. This enables students to develop the ability to think independently and creatively and to engage with the richness of our language and literary heritage. They will also have the opportunity to experiment with their own writing, using different styles according to context, audience and purpose.

What will I study?

The focus will be on improving your practical writing and reading skills so that you will be able to respond analytically to a variety of different texts. The whole of the qualification will be covered in the year, so the pace is brisk but enjoyable. The English department at DLD has an excellent record of improving students’ level of attainment in a one-year course.

Why should I study English Language?

GCSE English Language is a core subject, which helps you to develop your powers of self-expression and improve your reading and writing. It is a qualification essential for your future school and university studies but it is also a skill you will make use of later in all aspects of your life.

How is it assessed?

Linear option only: June assessment (with November re-sit option-only for re-take students). The qualification consists of two coursework pieces and one exam on unseen media, prepared media passages from an anthology, and two writing tasks; speaking and listening skills are assessed as a separate endorsement.  

Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing
60%2 Hour 15 Exam
Paper 3:
Coursework –Poetry/Prose texts and Imaginative Writing
Component 3:
Spoken Language endorsement (optional)-pass, merit, distinction.
 Externally assessed (from filmed activity)

Exam Board: Edexcel

What do I need?

You need to be willing to step up from Year 10 studies. You will be given clear guidance and support in order to build the foundations of accurate, analytical and expressive writing and speaking skills, both invaluable for your future learning.

Reading List

Shakespeare – Julius Caesar; Romeo and Juliet.


The OCR Anthology including poetry by: Wilfred Owen; Simon Armitage; Carol-Ann Duffy; Benjamin Zephaniah.  

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice, Thomas Hardy – The Withered Arm and other Wessex Tales, John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

DLD College London GCSE English Language

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“The one year English course is challenging but fun. The teachers are very enthusiastic.”
Zane Thadani – Current DLD Student

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