English Language GCSE

Core Subject

Exam Board: AQA
Course Leader: Mrs Caroline Kemp

The new AQA English Language specification is designed to inspire and motivate all students, providing appropriate stretch and challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students.

It enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly.

The students will ultimately sit two equally-balanced papers, each assessing reading and writing in an integrated way.

For more information, visit the AQA website for the specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

How you will be assessed

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Section A: Reading
  • one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing
  • descriptive or narrative writing

Assessments:
  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
 

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%)– one single text
  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)
  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A: Reading
  • one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing
  • writing to present a viewpoint

Assessed
  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts
  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)
  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

(AO7–AO9)
  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English

Assessed
  • teacher set throughout course
  • marked by teacher
  • separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)