English

GCSE

English Language

English Literature

Exam Board

AQA

Exam Board

AQA

What will you learn?

Every student will learn how to approach a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, while also developing their own writing. By doing this, they will develop their analytical skills, essay writing skills, and their ability to write and communicate effectively.


What will you learn?

Every student will study three core texts, plus a collection of poems. The texts we study at FHES are:


  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (19th Century Text)

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

  • An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley (Modern Text)

  • The Power and Conflict cluster from the AQA poetry anthology.


While studying these texts, the students will learn about the periods in which they are set and written, develop their analytical skills by looking closely at aspects of language and structure, and improve their essay writing skills.

How will you be assessed?

The students will sit two examination papers at the end of Year 11:

  • Paper One is 1hr 45 minutes and assesses the analysis of fiction texts, before asking students to write their own narrative or descriptive piece.

  • Paper Two is also 1hr 45 minutes and assesses the analysis of non-fiction texts, before asking students to write their own non-fiction piece.

  • The students are also required to complete the Spoken Language Endorsement, which is assessed and awarded separately. This is graded on a pass, merit or distinction basis and involves the students delivering a short speech to an audience. This is done during lesson time and is assessed by their teacher.

How will you be assessed?

The students will sit two examination papers at the end of Year 11:

  • Paper One is 1hr 45 minutes and assesses the Shakespearean and 19th century texts.

  • Paper Two is 2hrs 15 minutes and assesses the modern text, poetry cluster, and also has a section on unseen poetry.

Where can this subject take you?

English Language provides a very wide range of opportunities in the future, including A-levels in essay-based or analytical subjects such as English, History, Sociology or Psychology. If pursued as part of further or higher education, it can lead to careers in fields such as journalism, marketing, communications, law, politics, publishing or research.


On a wider scale, however, it will provide every student with the key skills to always think critically about what they read or hear, as well as ensuring they can communicate effectively and accurately with others.

Where can this subject take you?

English Literature provides a very wide range of opportunities in the future, including A-levels in essay-based or analytical subjects such as English, History, Sociology or Psychology. If pursued as part of further or higher education, it can lead to careers in fields such as journalism, marketing, communications, law, politics, publishing or research.


On a wider scale, however, it will provide every student with the knowledge of key texts from the Literary Canon and, we hope, may inspire a love of reading and appreciation of literature.