GCSE English Language and English Literature

Syllabus Title: GCSE English Language and Literature

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Details: English Language:

Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing 50% Examination
Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives 50% Examination

Exam Details: English Literature:

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel 40% Examination
Paper 2 - Modern Texts and Poetry 60% Examination

In Year 10 you will begin a two-year course that will lead you to acquiring TWO separate GCSEs – GCSE ENGLISH and GCSE LITERATURE. Both GCSEs are assessed at the end of the two year course in four separate examinations.

From Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to the Victorian gothic tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, to Priestley’s social call to action in An Inspector Calls and through the poetry of love and relationships spanning the last 3 centuries we explore the relationship between individual desire and social expectations. Your literature texts will introduce you to a wide range of characters who all struggle with their place in the world and through engaging with their stories you will be able to explore key ideas about duality, society, relationships, responsibility and the age old battle between good and evil. 

The skills you developed throughout KS3 will provide you with the confidence and ability to write well informed essays, analyse poetry, respond to unseen texts and write your own creative fiction pieces and empowered pieces of non-fiction such as articles and speeches. In KS4 we will help you to build on these skills and find your own academic voice. Furthermore, you will complete the Spoken Language Study, which is an opportunity for you to write and perform a speech about an issue that you feel strongly about: from women in sport, to how to play the violin, to a love letter to your favourite animal! 

Our dynamic curriculum, both inside and outside the classroom, will provide you with the opportunities and support to achieve your full potential in English.  This includes quality teaching and monitoring of progress at key intervals.  It also includes opportunities such as theatre visits, bookfest visits, inspiring revision lectures, exam drop in clinics to name a few.

Gaining an English GCSE is an essential foundation for whatever choices you make in the future. For post-16 courses, Universities and employers having studied these courses will show that you have essential literacy and communication skills alongside the ability to engage with and understand a wide variety of people, ideas and themes.



Your GCSE course prepares you well for A Level English Literature and all other courses at A Level–it teaches you to think both creatively and analytically, to develop logical and detailed written responses, to write with sophistication and with accuracy and to develop confidence in speaking in a range of situations.

Mrs Frampton (Head of English)
Miss Marshall (Leader of KS4 English)