This course will introduce you to the Eduqas GCSE English Language and English Literature qualifications and guide you through the planning, implementation and delivery of a curriculum to enable your students to achieve success in these examinations. Led by Owen Jermy who is a senior marker for Eduqas and has taught this examination board for over 20 years, the course will introduce you to the specific features of the examinations, demonstrating teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature which will stretch and challenge all students to reach their potential.  The course will also use feedback from previous Eduqas examinations to explore what is expected of students, and ways that you can use this information to inform the planning of your whole curriculum.


  • Gain an understanding of the demands of the Eduqas GCSE English qualifications
  • Find out effective ways of approaching the examinations.
  • Explore and analyse mark schemes, examiner reports and sample answers.
  • Take away ideas for teaching and learning in preparation for the examinations.
  • Develop ideas for curriculum planning to build towards the qualifications.
COURSE DATE AND LOCATION Online | Thursday 24 June 2021
  • New teachers seeking to improve confidence in the effective delivery of GCSE English.
  • Experienced teachers or those with responsibility for delivery of GCSE English.
  • Heads of Department new to Eduqas English.
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.40am: Eduqas: an introduction to the qualifications

  • What are the main features of the GCSE English Language and English Literature examinations and how to prioritise them?
  • What are the key pre-designed challenges offered by these examinations?
  • How does Eduqas support teachers and leaders of English and where does that support cease?

10.40 – 11.00am: Break

11.00 –11.45am: Preparing to teach Eduqas English Language: the reading sections

  • What reading challenges do we need to prepare students for and how to do so?
  • An analysis of the questions across both components
  • How should students prepare to answer questions on writer’s craft?
  • What are the most common and habitual pitfalls of the evaluation questions?
  • How should students tackle the comparison question in component 2 – tactical approaches?

11.45 – 12.30pm: Preparing to teach Eduqas English Language: the writing sections

  • How should students be prepared for the narrative writing in component 1?
  • What are the best array of approaches to transactional writing in component 2?
  • How to use the mark schemes to support your teaching and learning.
  • A discussion on the significance of technical accuracy in both components.

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch  

1.30 – 2.15pm: How to approach Eduqas GCSE English Literature – Component 1

  • An analysis of the Shakespeare questions and how the mark scheme is applied.
  • Considering some creative approaches to the teaching of the poetry anthology?
  • How should you support students in using context across both components?

2.15 – 2.30pm: Afternoon break

2.30 – 3.15pm: How to approach Eduqas GCSE English Literature – Component 2

  • The modern text – which one and ideas on how to develop students’ understanding.
  • Engaging and creative approaches to the pre-twentieth century text.
  • Activities to encourage students to respond skilfully to unseen poetry.

3.15 – 3.45pm: Preparing for the examinations

  • A discussion of tactics and techniques for the different style questions.
  • An array of activities that will enable students to reach the highest grades.
  • Revision activities focused on memory, recall and motivation (especially for the full texts).

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Owen Jermy

Owen Jermy is a highly experienced English teacher, with 25 years as a Head of English in 3 schools in different parts of the country and has taught Eduqas GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature for more than 20 years. He was an Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. He is a team leader and senior examiner for GCSE English Literature. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered College for Teaching (FCCT). He now teaches English on a part-time basis and as an authority writes on a range of educational issues.