English

GCSE

Core Subject

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: English Language - 8700

Specification Code: English Literature - 8702

Why Take This Course?

The aims of both English Language and English Literature courses at Key Stage 4 are to develop the students’ ability to use English effectively and accurately in written and oral contexts and to introduce the students to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.
 
English Language GCSE is a basic requirement for all Further and Higher Education courses and for most training courses.
 

Aim Of The Course

The aims of both English Language and English Literature courses are:

  • To develop the students’ ability to use English effectively and accurately in written and oral contexts.

  • To introduce the students to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Course Structure And Content

English Language
PAPER 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Will test understanding of literary fiction texts and writing to describe or narrate.
 
PAPER 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
Will test understanding of non-fiction texts and writing to argue or persuade.
There will be an additional and separate endorsement of spoken language.
 
English Literature
PAPER 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
Will test understanding of Macbeth and one nineteenth century novel.
 
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
Will test understanding of An Inspector Calls and dramatic poetry past and present.
 

Assessment

English Language
All texts in the examination will be unseen.
Paper 1:
A written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (worth 80 marks) and 50% of GCSE.
Reading: one literary fiction text.
Writing: descriptive or narrative writing.
 
Paper 2:
A written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (worth 80 marks) and 50% of GCSE.
Reading: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text.
Writing: writing to present a viewpoint.
 
In addition there will be an oral assessment.  The aim of the assessment is to allow students to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills by:
 
  • Giving a presentation in a formal context;
  • Responding appropriately to questions and to feedback, asking questions themselves to elicit clarification;
  •  Using spoken Standard English.
The assessment will be separately endorsed.
 
English Literature
All assessments are closed book; any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment.
 
Paper 1:
Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel.
A written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (worth 64 marks) and 40% of GCSE.
 
Paper 2:
Modern texts and poetry
A written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (worth 96 marks) and 60% of GCSE.
 

Entry Requirements

None

  1. GCSE English