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.
You should not attempt to grade the work; you should be marking the work by applying the marking criteria in a consistent manner.
The controlled assessment and coursework grades will be awarded at the end of each examination series using the standard code of practice awarding process.
Grade boundaries, which are subject to change each exam series, are published on the grade boundaries page of our website. For summer 2016, they'll be available to download from results day: 17 August 2016 for GCE and 24 August 2016 for GCSE, Edexcel Certificates and International GCSE.
Please also remember that the mark you submit to us should be the total raw mark, not the UMS mark. The UMS marks are allocated by us as a result of the awarding process.
A score of zero should only be used if a candidate has submitted work that is found to meet none of the assessment criteria. An X should be used for any candidate who is absent.