GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature

Examining Body: AQA

Content Summary

You will work towards two GCSEs in your English course: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. We follow the AQA syllabus for both courses.

You will study both fiction and non-fiction from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and you will read a variety of texts including Shakespeare, a modern play, a nineteenth century novel and poetry.

Our set texts are:

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson for Year 10, and A Christmas Carol for Year 11 (2023/ 2024)
  • An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley 
  • Power and Conflict poetry in the AQA poetry anthology

What Can I Expect In Lessons?

You will learn how to write fiction and non-fiction precisely, accurately and effectively and will develop your reading skills. The spoken language element of the course will help you to develop your formal presentation skills.

Your teachers will have high expectations for your attitude for learning and commitment to the subject. In turn, they will show commitment to helping you make progress.

The English Department Will:

  • Monitor your progress through marking and questioning and suggest ways to improve your work
  • Offer opportunities to engage with extra-curricular activities, such as trips and author visits
  • Provide extra resources to encourage students to undertake regular and relevant home study

The presentation given by teachers at the GCSE Options Evening can be found here