GCSE English and GCSE English Literature



  • English Language (100% external examination)

Students will be assessed on: writing for purpose and the analysis of unseen fiction and non-fiction texts.             

Speaking and listening also remains a component of the course but is not weighted in the course result. Students will receive a Pass, Merit or Distinction for their presentations and this will validate their overall English Language result.


  • English Literature (100% external examination)

Students will study ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley and a collection of poems (anthology and unseen).

We ask that parents purchase a copy of each of the texts in order to support their child in their study of literature. Purchases of the texts can be made from school.



  • Exam board: AQA.
  • Assessment by final GCSE examinations.
  • No coursework or Controlled Assessments other than for the Spoken Language component which is a required additional assessment.
  • No tiered papers.



  • GCSE English grades 9 – 1
  • GCSE English Literature grades 9 – 1


TEACHER TO SEE FOR GUIDANCE:                                        

MISS C. APPLEBY         Classroom A23

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