Specifications that use this resource:

Summary of changes

This specification has been developed in line with the Regulatory Requirements provided by the DfE and OFQUAL.

  • The assessment of Reading and Writing must be by 100% examination – this means the only controlled assessment will be for Spoken Language
  • The examinations must be un-tiered – so there cannot be a higher or foundation tier paper
  • The requirement is for a total of 3 ½ hours of examinations
  • Students must respond to 19th, 20th and 21st century texts in every examination series
  • Texts must cover a range of genres and types
  • Texts must be high-quality and challenging
  • Texts must include literature and extended literary non-fiction
  • Students must compare texts
  • Spoken Language (formerly Speaking and Listening) will still be required but reported separately as an endorsement and given a 0% weighting
  • Spoken Language (formerly Speaking and Listening) remains part of the Assessment Objectives for GCSE English Language
  • 50% of the total marks must be for Reading
  • 50% of the total marks must be for Writing
  • Please also note that 20% of the total GCSE marks must be allocated to ‘use of a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation’.

Our English Language specification is:

  • accessible and enabling for all learning abilities
  • familiar in the way that we’ve carried forward features that are popular in our current specifications
  • innovative in introducing strategies to deal with un-tiered contexts

We have addressed the regulatory requirements through:

  • two distinct papers, each of similar length and demand to minimise assessment fatigue and encourage equal performance
  • single AO per question
  • same questions on same papers in same sequence each series
  • a range of question types and strategies – footprints through a paper, in effect, taking the student on an assessment journey
  • co-teachable with GCSE English literature
  • exemplification of text types that will feature in live assessments
  • writing tasks with a choice of stimulus materials
  • assessment of technical accuracy through candidates’ own writing and not a separate task

What’s new

What’s gone

What’s changed

  • A requirement to include a C19th, C20th, C21st text in each exam series
  • There will be an unseen literature, literary non-fiction and non-fiction texts in each exam series
  • Inclusion of high quality, challenging texts
  • 100% terminal assessment – two exam papers
  • Assessment time of 3.5 hours
  • Assessment objectives and weightings:
  • There is an increased emphasis on analysis and evaluation and on providing appropriate supporting textual reference
  • Synthesis of information from different texts is now a requirement
  • In writing, there is increased weighting and emphasis on technical accuracy
  • Assessment journey – questions of graduated challenge through the paper
  • Inclusion of line references to support students
  • A creative writing task on Paper 1 with a choice of stimulus
  • Controlled assessment
  • Tiered papers
  • Assessment of spoken language (current English Language Unit 3)
  • Speaking and listening is now referred to as spoken language
  • There is a requirement now for students to give a presentation and respond to questions
  • November resit for English Language for students who were at least 16 on the preceding 31st August.
  • Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures can include a double weighted element:- either GCSE English Language, or GCSE English Literature can count for this double weighting providing both are taken.