Route3 GCSE For 16-19 Year Olds

GCSE English Language

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A GCSE in English Language is vital whether you want to go to university, apply for an apprenticeship, or get a job. Employers and universities will usually insist upon it as a basic requirement.

It is important to be confident in the use of language because many of the skills required in everyday life and study require English in order to achieve the best success.

You can re-sit or take GCSE English Language alongside a range of BTEC and A Level courses subject to entry requirements.



GCSE English Language – preferred grade 3 (minimum grade 2).

Why study GCSE ENGLISH at Blackpool Sixth?

We have an experienced team of specialist teachers and examiners who will boost your confidence in the subject and help you obtain that grade 4 (or higher).

How will I be taught?

  • Group work
  • Pair work
  • Individual in-class tasks
  • Class discussion
  • Timed practice
  • Independent learning (through Google Classroom)

Teacher expertise

We have an experienced GCSE team with specialists in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) and teachers who mark Paper 1 and Paper 2 for AQA.

What skills will I develop?

  • Identify information/ideas
  • Comment on how writers use language
  • Explain how writers structures texts
  • Evaluate texts critically
  • Structure a piece of writing effectively for an audience of your choice
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How will I be assessed?


  • 50% Paper 1: Explorations in creative Reading and Writing (1 hr 45 mins) 80 marks


  • 50% Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (1 hr 45 mins) 80 marks
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What will you study and other information about GCSE English Language

Where does it lead?

After successful completion of the course, students progress onto their second year of study (some into lower sixth from the Transition Programme and some into upper sixth if they are already on a Level 3 programme.) In the past we have had a small number of students who have progressed to an A level course in English and many who have used it to progress to a range of courses at university.

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