The new specification of GCSE English has no coursework element. There are two exams at the end of the course.
You must be able to attend the exams on the days given to you as they are fixed dates for all GCSE exams across the country.
There is a separate Speaking and Listening component to the course which is assessed in class and does not count towards your overall 1 – 9 grade. A separate grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is given for this element of the course.