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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

GCSE - English

At GCSE level all students study English Language.

GCSE English Language is a core subject and is taken by all students throughout Years 11 and 12.

Examination Board: CCEA

What is GCSE English Language about?

GCSE English Language provides pupils with the opportunities to:

- develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently,  effectively, precisely and appropriately;

-  form independent views and challenge what is heard or read through such skills as reasoning and argument.


Topics studied and how they are assessed.





 Unit 1: Personal


Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts


 External examination


(1 hour 30 minutes)


Unit 2: Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction

External examination


(1 hour 30 minutes)



Unit 3: Speaking and Listening


 Controlled assessment




Unit 4: Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively

 Controlled assessment



 The examination for Unit 1 is sat by pupils in year 11 and the Unit 2 exam is taken in year 12. Units 3 and 4 are assessed at different stages throughout years 11 and 12.