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GCSE English Language

GCSE English Language

Course title: GCSE English Language
Exam board: AQA
Available grades:


GCSE U-9 + spoken Language endorsement Pass/Merit/Distinction


Content overview:


AO1: identify and interpret information

AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language

AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives

AO4: Evaluate texts

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively; organise information and ideas effectively.

AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language

AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations. 




Paper 1

  • Section A: Reading: one literature fiction text (40 marks, 25% of GCSE)
  • Section B: Writing: descriptive or narrative writing (40 marks, 25% of GCSE)
  • Assessed: written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (total 80 marks, 50% of GCSE)  

Paper 2

  • Section A: Reading: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text (40 marks, 25% of GCSE)
  • Section B: Writing: writing to present a viewpoint (40 marks, 25% of GCSE)
  • Assessed: written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (total 80 marks, 50% of GCSE) 

Spoken Language Endorsement 

  • Presenting, responding to questions and feedback; use of Standard English
  • Assessed: by the teacher  


Skills required to be successful:


Reading, writing, analytical skill, perception and attention to detail, creativity, well developed vocabulary, accurate application of spelling, punctuation and grammar


Further study links:


A Level English/English LiteratureMediaDrama/theatre studies

Pairs well with History and humanities subjects.


Career opportunities:


  • English teacher
  • Writer
  • Journalism
  • Administration/office
  • Librarian
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising/marketing
  • Any role which requires good skills of communication, written and spoken