GCSE English Language and Literature

Examination Board  –  AQA

What Will I Learn?

English Language

The English Language GCSE assesses students’ abilities in reading and writing across a range of texts and styles. Students will learn how to analyse and interpret both fiction and non-fiction texts for their use of language and the impact that this has on the reader. They will also develop their own   writing skills in order to produce effective and engaging descriptive/narrative and non-fiction  persuasive texts.

English Literature

For the English Literature GCSE students study a range of poetry, prose fiction and drama texts. These include a 19th Century novel, a Shakespeare play, a modern text and a poetry anthology, which contains a range of literary heritage and contemporary poetry. They will learn how to read texts critically, how to annotate them and how to write essays exploring the writers’ use of language and literary devices and the impact that these have on the reader.

How Am I Assessed?

English Language – Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Writing and Reading (1 hour 45 minutes); Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (1 hour 45 minutes)

English Literature – Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (1 hour 45 minutes); Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (2 hours 15 minutes)

What Career Options Do I Have?

Good GCSE qualifications in English are required for a wide range of careers, but are particularly  relevant to careers that involve a considerable amount of reading and writing and to careers in the arts and media. Good English GCSEs are therefore essential for anyone interested in a career in writing, publishing, journalism, advertising, the media, public relations, theatre and the arts, teaching or any office-based work.