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GCSE English Literature Course

Exam board: WJEC
Exam code: 3720QS

Our GCSE English Literature course based on the conviction that the study of literature should centre on an informed personal response and a critical understanding of a range of texts in the genres of prose, poetry, and drama.

The course encourage learners to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

It will extend learners’ interest in, and enthusiasm for, literature as they develop an understanding of the ways in which literature is rich and influential.

Learners will be able to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Curriculum

The specification we follow is the WJEC Syllabus.

Students will study and analyse a range of both fiction and transactional texts and extracts, written for a variety of different audiences and purposes. Students will continue to practise and develop their writing, editing and proof-reading skills through the course.

Oracy skills

  • Present information and select/organise information and ideas effectively and persuasively, e.g. for a prepared spoken presentation or group discussion.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the conventions of spoken language in both formal and informal situations.
  • Speak accurately and fluently, adapting style and language to a wide range of forms, contexts, audiences and purposes.
  • Experiment with language and techniques to express opinions, create effects and engage audiences.
  • Pay appropriate attention to accuracy of syntax and expression; convey experiences, ideas and information clearly, precisely and appropriately.
  • Use verbal reasoning skills, form independent views and demonstrate effective listening skills by summarising key points, challenging what is heard on the grounds of reason, evidence or argument.
  • Respond constructively and critically to a wide range of written and digital/dynamic texts, making effective contributions, using creative approaches to exploring issues, solving problems and developing ideas.
  • Reflect and comment critically on their own and others’ use of language, participate in a range of real-life contexts and adapt talk appropriately to the situation and audience.

Reading skills 

  • Respond, reflect and analyse a wide range of written texts (continuous and non-continuous).
  • Analyse and respond to texts and their subtexts, using inference and deduction and linking ideas within or across texts.
  • Demonstrate independence in synthesising and summarising information effectively from a range of texts.
  • Interpret themes, meaning, ideas and information in a range of texts and challenging writing; reading in different ways for different purposes, and comparing and evaluating the usefulness, relevance and presentation of content.
  • Support a point of view by referring to evidence within texts; identifying bias and distinguishing between statements that are supported by evidence and those that are not.
  • Evaluate and reflect on the ways in which texts may be interpreted differently according to the perspective of the reader and distinguishing between facts or evidence and opinions, bias and argument.
  • Understand and recognise the purpose and reliability of texts, e.g. texts for personal, public, occupational and educational use.
  • Demonstrate verbal reasoning skills in synthesising and summarising information from a range of texts.

Writing skills

  • Produce clear and coherent written texts.
  • Write effectively for different purposes and audiences and in different forms, e.g. explain, instruct, recount, inform, discuss, persuade, argue.
  • Select vocabulary, grammar, form, and structural and organisational features thoughtfully to reflect the audience, purpose and context.
  • Vary sentence structures to engage and sustain the reader’s interest and write with grammatical accuracy.
  • Use a full range of punctuation in order to vary pace, clarify meaning, avoid ambiguity and create deliberate effects.
  • Organise writing in an appropriate form, ensuring content is detailed within and between paragraphs or sections, developing and sustaining ideas coherently.
  • Use language creatively and with precision. · Use information gleaned from a range of sources to write coherently in different forms.
  • Write for effect by selecting, organising and emphasising facts, ideas and key points and citing compelling evidence to support views.

Assessment

The qualification is made up of two equally weighted externally assessed units, and one internally assessed unit.
The two externally assessed units test Reading (40%) and Writing skills (40%), whilst the internally assessed unit tests Oracy skills (20%).

This is a linear qualification in which all assessments must be taken at the end of the course. Assessment opportunities will be available in the summer and November series each year

WJEC GCSE English Language: 3700QS

Internal Assessment

Unit 1 The Oracy assessments must be based on:

1. Individual Researched Presentation: One individual, researched presentation, including responses to questions and feedback, based on WJEC set themes.
2. Responding and Interacting: One group discussion to written or visual stimuli provided by WJEC to initiate the discussion

More information can be found here

External Assessments

Unit 2: Reading (20%) and Writing (20%)

Students are tested on their understanding of at least one argumentation, one persuasion and one instruction text with a thematic link, assessed through a range of structured questions. Students will complete one writing task from a choice of two that could be either description, narration or exposition. Students will also need to proofread and correct a brief text.

Unit 3: Reading (20%) and Writing (20%)

Students are tested on their understanding of at least one description, one narration and one exposition text with a thematic link, assessed through a range of structured questions. Students will complete two writing tasks, one argumentation writing task and one persuasion writing task.

Half of the marks in both the writing sections of Unit 2 and 3 will be awarded for communication and organisation and the other half for accuracy (language, grammar, punctuation and spelling)

Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor.  The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.

To find out more about exam access arrangements  click here

Study Options

You can choose from the following study options:

  • Online classes only
  • Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
  • Distance learning course

FAQs

We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual. As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.


Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same GCSE exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification. Your GCSE course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

You can study GCSE courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and in person teaching in class, Online live classes only or Distant learning course.

IGCSE qualifications are ideal for those wanting to study for national qualifications by distance learning. Without all the administrative problems that encumber GCSE course work.

We offer a range of IGCSE Courses; see our Distance learning course page.


Choosing a tier isn’t always easy, particularly for languages, we can help you make a decision. Nobody is a better judge of a student’s ability than their teacher. Regular assessments and mock exams are a key part of our decision making.

If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.


  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have said in your enrolment.

GCSE’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year – would be an intensive course.
You may be able to complete this in one year as an intensive course, you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

We offer GCSEs – part time in the evenings to adult learners.


We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.

Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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