Park Lane Academy

Option-English Language



Unit 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50% of GCSE: exam)
Unit 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50% of GCSE: exam)

Outline of Subject: Students will develop a deep and rich appreciation of unseen non-fiction and fiction texts from ranging contexts and of increasing complexity. They will refine analytical reading skills such as evaluation and comparison and apply the knowledge and skills learned from both literary and non-literary texts to their own pieces of creative and transactional writing.

How will I learn?  For Paper 1, students will study extracts of fiction written by established writers which showcase high quality use of language, form and structure to interest the reader and adopt style, skill and knowledge of these works to influence their own descriptions or narratives. For paper 2, students will explore a collection of non-fictions (from the 19th century onwards) which covers a range of viewpoints about thought-provoking ideas deliberately chosen to support students in writing their own pieces of non-fiction.

Where will it take me?  A good English GCSE grade is essential for any student who wishes to enter Sixth Form, to continue into higher education and to secure employment. Careers directly linked with English include journalism, publishing, screenwriting, advertising, public relations and teaching. Many other desirable skill sets taught in English Language provide students with effective communication skills such as report writing, presenting and letter writing (to name but a few).

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