English Language

Why study this course?

All students are entered for GCSE English Language. It will give them the skills they need to communicate effectively and enter the world of employment or further education.

What will I learn?

During the course students will:

  • Develop their ability to use the English Language in spoken and written form.
  • Understand and enjoy different kinds of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Understand the power of the English Language to convey emotion, describe a memory and persuade others.
  • Use their imagination to express their ideas and emotions.
  • Write their own stories, letters, speeches and descriptions.

In English Language, students get the opportunity to read, discuss and write about a wide range of texts – novels and short stories, poetry, drama, newspaper articles, film reviews, advertisements and leaflets. Students will also be able to develop their skills through speaking and listening, writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences and responding to different texts.

How will I be assessed?

The GCSE English Language course culminates in two exams at the end of Year 11.


Exam 1


Exploration in Creative Writing and Reading
1 hour 45 minutes

4 reading tasks based on a literature fiction text


1 creative writing task

Exam 2


Writers viewpoints and perspectives

1 hour 45 minutes

4 reading tasks based on 2 texts, one non-fiction (newspaper, magazine, website) and one literary non-fiction text (autobiography, travel writing etc.)
1 transactional writing task

 Throughout the course students are also assessed through various speaking and listening tasks – these are reported as a separate endorsement on their students results sheets.

To find out more information:

For more information, please contact Kirsty Pole, kpole@wreake.bepschools.org
or look on the AQA exam board website: www.aqa.org.uk