Why choose GCSE First Language English?
GCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. The course allows learners to:
- develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
- learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
- develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.
Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. GCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
How are candidates assessed?
Paper 1 Reading Passages 2 hours / 80 marks
Candidates answer three questions on three passages. Passages A and B will be 700–750 words long and Passage C will be 500–650 words long.
This component is eligible for grades A–E and is worth 50% of the total marks.**
Paper 2 Directed Writing and Composition 2 hours / 80 marks
Candidates answer one question on a passage or passages totaling 650–750 words, and complete a composition task from a choice of four titles. This component is set and marked by Cambridge.
This component is eligible for grades A–G and is worth 50% of the total marks.**