GCSE English Language

Why study this course?

English Language is an integral part of the KS4 curriculum and is compulsory study for all students. All students are entered for GCSE English Language. It will give them the skills they need to enter the world of employment or further education.


What will I learn?

The course includes:

· Developing your ability to use the English language in spoken and written form.

· Understanding and enjoying different kinds of reading.

· Using your imagination.

· Writing and talking about your ideas.

· Writing your own stories, letters, speeches and descriptions.


In English, students get the opportunity to read, discuss and write about a wide range of texts – novels and short stories, poetry, drama, newspaper articles, film reviews, advertisements and leaflets.  Students of English will be able to develop their skills through speaking and listening, writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences and responding to different texts.

How will I be assessed?

The GCSE English Language course culminates in 2 exams at the end of Year 11.


Exam 1
Exploration in Creative Writing and Reading 50%
1 hour 45 minutes
4 reading tasks based on a novel extract (40 marks)1 creative writing task (40 marks)
Exam 2
Writers viewpoints and perspectives 50%
1 hour 45 minutes
4 reading tasks based on two texts, one non-fiction (newspaper, website etc.) and one literary non-fiction text (autobiography, travel writing etc.) (40 marks)1 transactional writing task (40 marks)


Throughout the course students are also assessed through various speaking and listening tasks – these are reported as a separate endorsement on their students results sheets.

To find out more information: Speak to Miss Lovegrove, Head of English or look on the AQA exam board website:  www.aqa.org.uk