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- GCSE English
Content of Course
Studying English at GCSE develops and extends the work done at Key Stage 3 and combines the skills needed to explore how writers achieve effects in novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction texts by studying the texts at in-depth levels, looking at the structure, form and language of these texts; developing their own craft as a writer by using what they have learned to develop their own writing; as well as honing their speaking and listening skills through presentations and drama work. Students also have to understand the influences of the historical and social contexts that texts are produced in and make direct links between an author’s life and their works.
Students will work independently, in small groups and as part of the whole class in lessons.
Having an English GCSE shows employers you are confident, creative and able to express yourself fluently. These qualities are particularly well respected in the following fields: teaching, law, journalism, politics media and business. It also prepares you for any further study in the Performing Arts fields.