GCSE English Language

English Language
Examination Board  –  AQA



What Will I Learn?

The English Language GCSE focuses on communication. You read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, exploring the methods used by the writer and analysing their effects.

The English Language course also offers you the opportunity to  develop your own written communication by crafting a range of non-fiction texts, and narrative and descriptive pieces. You will learn how to confidently articulate your ideas and perspectives in your writing, using a range of vocabulary, methods and sentence structures.

All students will have the opportunity to develop their spoken communication, when your research and deliver a short Spoken Language presentation on a topic of your choice.


The English Language GCSE includes a


How Am I Assessed?

This GCSE is 100% examination and is assessed across two equally weighted papers.


Paper 1– Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

· 1 hour 45 minutes

· 1 unseen fiction text

· Reading: 4 analytical questions (40 marks)

· Writing: one piece of descriptive or narrative writing (40 marks)


Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

· 1 hour 45 minutes

· 2 unseen non-fiction texts

· Reading: 4 analytical questions (40 marks)

· Writing: one piece of non-fiction writing to present a viewpoint (40 marks)


You will receive a separate Spoken Language grade of: Pass, Merit, or Distinction for your presentation. This does not form part of your GCSE English Language qualification.

What Career Options Do I Have?

A pass (Grade 4) or strong pass (Grade 5) is required for entry to most courses, including vocational courses at College. Students who do not achieve a Grade 4 are required to repeat their GCSE.