English

English

Examination Board: AQA

All examination boards now offer two qualifications in English at GCSE level: English Language and English Literature. There are no tiered entries. Grades are awarded as 1-9 with 9 being top.

 

English Language

In English Language pupils will be assessed by sitting two equally-balanced papers. Both papers will have a Reading and a Writing element.

Over the duration of the course pupils will develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers.

Paper 2, Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

All texts in the examinations will be unseen.


Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

 

 

What's assessed

Section A: Reading One literature fiction text

Section B: Writing Descriptive or narrative writing

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 80 marks

• 50% of GCSE 

Questions 

Reading (40 marks) (25%) - one single text

• 1 short form question (1x4 marks)

• 2 longer form questions (2x8 marks)

• 1 extended question (1x20 marks)  

Writing (40 marks) (25%) 

• 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

 

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives 

What's assessed

Section A: Reading One non-fiction text and one literacy non-fiction text

Section B: Writing Writing to present a viewpoint

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 80 marks

• 50% of GCSE 

Questions 

Reading (40 marks) (25%) - two linked texts

• 1 short form question (1x4 marks)

• 2 longer form questions (1x8, 1x12 marks)

• 1 extended question (1x16 marks)  

Writing (40 marks) (25%) 

• 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy) 

 

 

GCSE English Language

In English Literature pupils will be assessed by sitting two examination papers.

Paper 1, Shakespeare and the 19th –Century Novel, allows pupils to write in detail about an extract from a Shakespeare play and a 19th-century novel and about the texts as a whole.

Paper 2, Modern Texts and Poetry, allows pupils the opportunity to write comparatively and critically about their chosen texts. 

 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel 

Whats assessed

• Shakespeare

• 19th Century novel

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 

• 64 marks

• 40% of GCSE 

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: pupils will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole. 

Section B The 19th Century novel: pupils will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

 

Paper 2: Modern Texts and poetry 

What's assessed 

• Modern texts

• Poetry

• Unseen poetry

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes

• 96 marks

• 60% of GCSE 

Questions 

Section A Modern Text: pupils will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.  

Section B Poetry: pupils will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: pupils will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.  

Mrs R Fenton 

 



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