Edexcel GCSE English (2010)
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Students of our Edexcel GCSE in English will develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to communicate and express themselves effectively and creatively, drawing on a range of texts to connect ideas, themes and issues.
- Qualification type:
- General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
- Level 1/2
- Accreditation status:
- Specification codes:
- UK and international
- First teaching:
- First assessment:
Why choose this specification?
Our Edexcel GCSE in English has been through a four-year pilot, which means we’ve learnt directly from the classroom experiences of around 6,000 students. The specification lets you teach new texts and approaches alongside the more traditional and familiar, so your students can study texts that are relevant to them while developing their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Key benefits of the Edexcel GCSE in English:
- A common unit with GCSE English Language
- Familiar writing tasks shared with GCSE English Language to maximise use of existing resources
- Option to use the same Different Cultures text so you can share resources and training with GCSE English Language Unit 2 and GCSE English Literature Unit 1
- Wide variety of non-fiction texts so you can choose those that are best for your students and your centre’s resources
- Digital resources to enhance your poetry teaching, including video, audio readings, images, grade improvement activities and worksheets
- Structured exam questions for Shakespeare and prose, with a clear framework that will remain unchanged from series to series
- Free digital Poetry Anthology to support the English and English Literature specifications.
We've teamed up with Teachit to build special banks of material matched to our GCSE English, English Language and English Literature specifications. These resources have been written specifically to support:
- non-fiction texts - whether digital or paper
- new Different Cultures texts
- spoken language study in our specifications.
Controlled assessment support
Please ensure you study the correct task and themed texts for the academic year in which you intend to submit your marks:
- 2013-2014 (November 2013, summer 2014 and November 2014): Children's Literature; Online Social Networking
- 2014-2015 (summer 2015 and November 2015): Pets; Attractions.
There are three digital texts and three paper texts for each theme. As stated in the specification, the digital texts should be studied onscreen. However, in response to centre feedback, we’ve provided printable versions for those digital texts that do not otherwise print easily.
- It’s only necessary to study the homepage of the websites.
- The content will be the same across the digital and printable versions, but the format may differ slightly.
- If you’re opting for a digital text, the live assessment must be viewed onscreen.