GCSE English Language

Ashbourne’s English students discover how language can shape our everyday lives. Through lively classroom discussions and by examining contemporary forms of text and spoken word our students learn how to analyse and interpret the constant flow of information around them. They are encouraged to embrace their creativity through writing and explore how to express their ideas fluently and effectively by our passionate, expert teachers.

Why study English Language?

Studying GCSE English Language teaches students how to become ‘language detectives’, looking beyond the obvious, reading between the lines and making inferences. Students learn the tools to theorise and support arguments with evidence, as well as to draw connections to broader ideas. Exploring language will help shape students into critical thinkers who are perceptive and empathetic as well as build their confidence and skills as communicators.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Edexcel specification for GCSE English Language.

What is covered in this course?

This course comprises two externally examined components – Fiction and imaginative writing and Non-fiction and transactional writing – and an internally assessed endorsement for Spoken language.

Fiction and imaginative writingNon-fiction and transactional writingSpoken language
Students explore a range of prose fiction and learn skills to analyse and evaluate the language. The styles and techniques they learn can then be applied and developed in their own creative writing. Students are encouraged to apply their language analysis skills to compliment their GCSE English Literature course.
Students are given a range of 20th and 21st-century non-fiction texts covering different styles including literary non-fiction, articles, reviews, speeches, journals and reference, for example. They are required to analyse, evaluate and compare these texts. They will also develop their own writing skills for a selection of different formats and audiences, correctly using spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Here students get the chance to demonstrate their oral skills to engage, persuade and respond effectively. They will learn how to put forward their ideas fluently and effectively in the form of a presentation, e.g. a talk with questions and answers or a debate or interview-type dialogue, bearing in mind the prospective audience. The final internally assessed presentation will be with the teacher.

Who teaches this course?

Lauren Vanderhurst

MA English: Issues in Modern Culture (University College London); BA (Hons) English Literature (University of California); PGCE (Institute of Education, UCL)

Lauren’s love and enthusiasm for English inspires her students to find their own passion and embrace all that the subject has to offer. She is one of Ashbourne’s most encouraging and effective teachers who has played a full and active role in the college’s academic and cultural life since joining in 2014.
 

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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My time at Ashbourne was incredible! I made lifelong friendships and learnt how to be independent and manage my time well. For me, Ashbourne was a stepping stone between school and university where I was treated as an adult but was still given the guidance I needed to achieve the results that I wanted to get. During my time there I learnt so much, not just about my subjects, but about myself. I came to Ashbourne with a dream to study Music at university and, I am unbelievably grateful that, with the help of the teachers at Ashbourne, I am now a second year Music student at Royal Holloway University of London, my first choice. I have genuinely never been happier.
AimeeMusic at Royal Holloway University of London
She feels well respected as a pupil and gets the assistance she needs to understand the material
Since starting work at Ashbourne in September, I was impressed by the amazing sense of community. The students’ combat differences in culture, age and circumstance to form fantastic relationships, and are strongly aided in the support and friendship from teaching and admin staff. Students are always given the attention they deserve, and these factors create a unique atmosphere for successful learning.
Hannah MartinFormer College Administrator and Welfare Officer
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