GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Language

Examination Board: AQA

Specification code: 8700

All students in Year 10 and 11 study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Why study English Language?

The study of English Language develops key skills that employers, colleges and universities value highly: critical thinking, collaboration, independence and the ability to communicate effectively and confidently. Through your GCSE program, you will engage with a range of complex and challenging texts in order to investigate how language is used across fiction and non-fiction texts.

Course Content:

Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing 1E N0/01

  • Externally assessed examination.
  • Assessment duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • 80 marks available worth 50% of the Language qualification.
    • Analyse and evaluate a range of prose fiction.
    • Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.
    • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • Externally assessed examination.
  • Assessment duration: 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • 80 marks available worth 50% of the Language qualification. GCS
    • Analyse, evaluate and compare a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction).
    • Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes and audiences.
    • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Assessment Overview:

GCSE English Literature

Examination Board: AQA

Specification code: 8702

Why study English Literature?

The study of English Literature develops key skills that employers, colleges and universities value highly: critical thinking, collaboration, independence and the ability to communicate effectively and confidently. Through your GCSE program, you will engage with a range of complex and challenging texts in order to investigate how context, language, form and structure combine to reflect the world around us.

Course Content:

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel 1E N0/01

  • Externally assessed examination.
  • Closed book (texts are not allowed to be taken into the exam).
  • Assessment duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • 64 marks available worth 40% of the Literature qualification.
    • Study Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
    • Develop skills to analyse texts and contexts, maintain a critical style and provide an informed personal response.

Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry

  • Externally assessed examination.
  • Assessment duration: 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • 96 marks available worth 60% of the Literature qualification. GCS
    • Study a post-1914 text (An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley), a poetry collection (Power and Conflict) and unseen poetry.
    • Develop skills to analyse texts and contexts, maintain a critical style, provide an informed personal response and compare themes and ideas across texts.

Assessment Overview:

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