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Sir Thomas Fremantle

English Language (AQA)

Why study GCSE English Language?
GCSE English Language is a compulsory GCSE course at Sir Thomas Fremantle School. It offers students the opportunity to study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, and to learn how to write creatively in different forms.

What does the course involve?
The course is divided into four sections. 

Reading Fiction
Students learn how to respond to short extracts of unseen 20th/21st century fiction. Students learn to respond to writers’ uses of language and structure to create meaning and have impact on a reader.

Writing Fiction
Here students write their own short fiction of description or narrative. They are given a brief and have to match their writing style to fit it.

Reading Non-Fiction
Students learn how to respond to short extracts of unseen 19th and 20th/21st century nonfiction. Students learn to respond to writers’ uses of language and structure to create meaning and have impact on a reader.

Writing Non-Fiction
Here students write their own short non-fiction to present a viewpoint – using formal rhetoric. They are given a brief and have to match their writing style to fit it.

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?
English Language skills are fundamental across all subjects. Not only does studying language support reading comprehension, writing composition and analysis in other subjects, any career will rely on the communication and cognition skills developed in English. 

How will I be assessed?
This GCSE is 100% exam assessed. There are two exam papers, and each of the four GCSE components is worth 25% of the overall GCSE for Language. The exam papers include short, medium and long form questions.

Who do I need to contact?
For more information, please email Miss Nelson – sophie.nelson@sirthomasfremantle.org