GCSE English Language

GCSE English Language subject aims and learning outcomes
GCSE specifications in English language should ensure students can read fluently and write effectively. They should be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and they should be able to write grammatically correct sentences, deploy figurative language and analyse texts. 

GCSE specifications in English language should enable students to:

  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

GCSE English Language Critical READING and Comprehension (50% weighting) consists of four assessment objectives: 
AO1 (A. Identify & interpret.  B. Select & synthesise), AO2 (Analyse language & structure), AO3 (Compare ideas & perspectives), AO4 (Evaluate critically).
GCSE English Language WRITING (50% weighting) consists of two assessment objectives: 
AO5 (A. Use tone, style & register. B. Organise information using structural & grammatical features), AO6 (Use a range of vocabulary & sentence structures with accurate spelling & punctuation).
GCSE English Language SPOKEN LANGUAGE (unweighted) consists of three assessment objectives: 
AO7 (Formal presentation skills), AO8 (Listen & respond), AO9 (Use standard English in speeches & presentations).

Source: DfE (2013), English Language GCSE subject content and assessment objectives.