GCSE 2012 English reforms: Impact on Edexcel GCSE English Language specification
The Edexcel GCSE 2010 modular English Language specification is available to download below and has a final assessment window of November 2013.
The Edexcel GCSE 2012 linear English Language specification for first teaching in September 2012 (for two-year courses) and first assessment in June 2014 has now been accredited by Ofqual and is also available below. The main changes are:
No content change to the specification
Linear assessment structure: all units are taken at the end of the course
An additional assessment window available in November for retakes
Units cannot be resat before cash-in.
Read more about the GCSE 2012 reforms
Teachers are reminded that for unit 5EN3A, 'The Spoken Language', recordings and transcripts must be of spontaneous (rather than scripted) spoken language. The resource previously offered as part of Edexcel's CD, '01 Transcript Liverpool 15 year-olds radio show' should not be used.
Please note that the materials below refer to the GCSE weightings of 40% examination and 60% controlled assessment (including 20% speaking and listening). These will be updated shortly to reflect the changes required by Ofqual for summer 2014. If you have any queries please email TeachingEnglish@pearson.com.