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