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English Language (En)

Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE English Language 8700


Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

Students will be encouraged to:

• read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism

• read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts

• summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts

• use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing

• write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately

• use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately

• acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

• listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.


Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing                                   50% of qualification

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives                                                50% of qualification

English Literature (El)

Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE English Literature Specification 8702


Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written.

Students will be encouraged to:

• read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading

• read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas

• develop the habit of reading widely and often

• appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage

• write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English

• acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.


All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment. All assessments are compulsory.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel                                           40% of qualification

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry                                                                   60% of qualification


Careers This Subject Leads Onto


  • All careers will require literacy skills
  • A Level English Literature or Language and Literature might lead to careers in journalism, Law, Teaching, any Media-related industry etc.

For further information contact: Ms Hodson