GCSE English Language and English Literature (9-1)

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.

English is exciting to study at Key Stage 4 because you will be introduced to a wide range of texts which will give you the opportunity to explore, think about and discuss issues such as relationships and growing up.  The course will build on the skills you learned in Key Stage 3. You will study a wide variety of fiction: poetry, prose and drama. You will read some poetry written before 1914 as well as that by modern poets.  Examples of the types of texts for Literature you may study include: ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’. In addition, you will spend some time reading and writing about literary non-fiction and media texts.

Finally, there will be plenty of opportunities for speaking and listening including: discussions, role play, hot seating, talks and presentations and group work – although these do not count to towards your overall grades, they remain an important part of the GCSE English Language and English Literature course.

English GCSE is an essential foundation for whatever choices you make in the future. For post-16 courses, Universities and employers will want to know whether you have good   literacy and oral communication skills; a Grade 6 or above in English is therefore an important goal for every student.


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)
Ms Chapman (Leader of KS4 English)