Students follow a joint course in both English Language and English Literature which develops skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening and encourages wider reading and student creativity. Assessment is by coursework and external examination assessment.
All students are expected to be entered for both GCSEs although some students may be entered for English Language only.
Some students whose first language is not English might not be sufficiently fluent to be successful in the GCSE examination and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department will offer alternative assessments that will meet university entrance requirements.
As well as providing crucial skills in communication, many students go on to study English Literature at A level.
This qualification is valued in all higher education institutions and will also further enthusiasm and enjoyment of the written word.