Statutory guidance

GCSE (9 to 1) subject level guidance for English language

Guidance on complying with the rules and regulations for GCSEs (9 to 1) in English language.


GCSE (9 to 1) Subject Level Guidance for English Language

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This guidance is intended to help awarding organisations understand how to comply with the GCSE (9 to 1) subject level conditions and requirements for English language.

All awarding organisations have a legal obligation under section 153 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to have regard to this guidance.

Published 23 May 2014
Last updated 17 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. New version published which includes guidance on spoken language assessments
  2. First published.