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GCSE from 2010 | English Language

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





Assessment Materials


Controlled Assessment


Controlled Assessment Record Sheets


Examiner Reports


Exemplar Materials


Mark scheme


Past Training Content


Question paper


Sample Assessment Materials


Schemes of work


Teacher Support Materials


Unit 2 - The Writer’s Voice - 5EN2F


Unit 2 - The Writer’s Voice - 5EN2H


Unit 3 - The Spoken Language - 5EN03

Controlled Assessment Unit 5EH01

For the website texts, please note that it is only necessary to study the homepage of the websites.

Tasks and themed texts for both 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 assessment are both available on this page. Please ensure that you study the correct task and themed texts for the academic year in which you intend to submit your marks:
2013-2014 (November 2013, summer 2014 and November 2014): Children's Literature; Online Social Networking

2014-2015 (summer 2015 and November 2015):
Pets; Attractions

For each theme, centres are provided with three digital texts and three paper texts. As stated in the specification, the digital texts should be studied onscreen. However, in response to centre feedback, we have provided printable versions for those digital texts that do not otherwise print easily.

Please note that the content will be the same across the digital and printable versions, but the format may differ slightly.

Centres must be aware that if opting for a digital text, the live assessment must be viewed onscreen.


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