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Qualification : Double GCSE

English Language

  • Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing.
  • Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 40% of qualification
  • Component 2: 19th and 21st Century
  • Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/ Persuasive Writing. Written examination: 2 hours 60% of qualification
  • Component 3: Spoken Language
  • Non-exam assessment Unweighted 


  • Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry
  • Written examination: 2 hours40% of qualification
  • Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry
  • Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes 60% of qualification 

Assessment Method

Both subjects are assessed 100% by examination:

Modules covered

  • poetry
  • prose: documentary and literary
  • drama 

Skills Required

  • a strong reading ability
  • a good standard of writing
  • an ability to analyse accurately
  • confident creative thinking 

Post 16 Opportunities and careers

Achieving the upper bands in English or Literature will qualify students to progress to A level study in either or both subjects each of which is a highly-regarded qualification for university entrance and an excellent preparation for further study across wide range of subject-areas including Humanities, Law, Psychology, or Earth Sciences. 

“Perhaps everything could be a metaphor!” Tom C.

"English is the official language of the sky! It doesn’t matter which country they are from, all pilots speak in English on international flights."

Department Video 

Mr O'Cleirigh introduces the English course and shows some examples of what you will study!

Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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