GCSE English Language

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The new GCSE in English Language and Literature (Single and Double Award) will be available to teach from September 2025. For more information, please visit the qualification page here.

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This briefing outlines the adaptations and key dates surrounding the summer 2021 exam series for WJEC GCSE English Language. You can watch the full briefing on YouTube and download the full PowerPoint presentation as well as the accompanying Q&A report.

Recording date: 4th September 2020

All texts in the examination will be ‘unseen’, that is, learners will not have studied the examination texts during the course. GCSE English Language will focus primarily on the functional aspects of language.

The term ‘functional’ here should be considered in the broad sense of providing learners with the skills and abilities they need to take active and responsible roles in their communities, everyday life, the workplace and in educational settings.

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Access a collection of interactive units that bring together a number of elements including general data, exam questions, their marking schemes and examiner comments, which will lead you through a review of exam questions.


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