GCSE English Language

All pupils at Dalriada study English Language for GCSE while many opt to study GCSE English Literature as well; the study of Literature enhances pupils’ understanding of the skills required for success in English.

GCSE English Language

There are three parts to the course:

  • Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment (20%)
  • The Study of Spoken & Written language and Writing Creatively – Controlled Assessment (40%)
  • Two Exam papers (40%)

Speaking & Listening – Controlled Assessment

Pupils are required to complete a mixture of Formal & Informal tasks – the best one in each of these three categories counts towards the final mark:

  • Individual Presentation
  • Discussion
  • Role Play

Studying Spoken & Written language and Writing Creatively – Controlled Assessment
Pupils must complete three Controlled Assessments during the two year course:

  • Task 1 The Study of Spoken Language (10%) (1 hour 30 mins)
  • Task 2 The Study of Written Language (15%) (1 hour 30 mins)
  • Task 3 Writing Creatively (15%) (2 hours)


There are two written papers, each lasting for 1 hour 30 minutes:

  • Paper 1 Personal Writing and Reading Multi-Modal Texts
  • Paper 2 Functional Writing and Reading Non-Fiction

Below is a brief overview of the course; however, more information, past papers and support materials can be found here on the CCEA website – just click here.

5. Overview GCSE Language