At Hollygirt, pupils follow the OCR GCSE course for English Language. In English Language, students complete three pieces of controlled assessment to cover: a whole prose text, imaginative writing and a spoken language study. Speaking and Listening is still an assessed requirement at GCSE, but it is not part of the final grade. Instead it is marked separately and awarded separately on the GCSE certificate.
We expect pupils to keep their own organised notes during the course and prepare for controlled work in school and through homework. All final controlled pieces are completed in school. In Year 10 the school exam is an abridged version of the final GCSE exam, so students do have a useful experience at this time. In Year 11 the mock exams are full of past papers. In English Language there is one final exam paper, where reading non-fiction texts and writing skills are assessed.
From September 2015, controlled assessment is no longer used for assessment; instead all assessment will be examination.