English GCSE

English GCSE 2022-02-24T14:47:08+00:00
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English Literature and English Language GCSE

What will you study?

In your English lessons you will study for two GCSEs: English Literature and English Language. Each term you will study a combination of English Language and English Literature . You will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including drama, prose and poetry, from the 19th century up to the modern day. You will learn how to gather evidence, think analytically, develop skills of inference, reflect on the world around us and master writing with creativity and accuracy.


All employers, colleges, sixth forms, and universities will ask for your grades in English: English equips you with clear and confident communication and expression skills, as well as analytical skills that are essential to later life and success. GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature can lead to many opportunities, such as careers in journalism, law, and the media.

The Course

During the GCSE course you will study different units which will be assessed by:

  • Four written exams that assess your reading and writing skills in June of Year 11
  • On-going assessments of your speaking and listening skills

How will you be assessed?

AQA English Language: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

You will be examined in these areas:
Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing50%1 hour 45 minutes
Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives50%1 hour 45 minutes
Speaking and Listening0%(Separate endorsement)
You will be examined in these areas:
Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel40%1 hour 45 minutes
Modern Texts and Poetry60%2 hours 15 minutes