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GCSE English Language

Specification/Exam Board:  CCEA


This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • demonstrate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately;
  • express themselves creatively and imaginatively;
  • become critical readers of a range of texts, including multi-modal texts;
  • use reading to develop their own skills as writers;
  • understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken


  • understand the impact of variations in spoken and written language and how they relate to identity and cultural diversity; and
  • select and adapt speech and writing to different situations and audiences.

Key features

  • It offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
  • It is a unitised specification, allowing students flexibility in preparing for assessment;
  • It allows students to study English and related subjects at a more advanced level.
  • The course offers students opportunities to develop skills for real-life contexts and to progress to employment.

Scheme of assessment

Students must take at least 40 percent of the assessment (based on unit weightings) at the end of the course as terminal assessment.

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