English Literature(Core)

Awarding Board: AQA ACourse Code: 8700/8702

Course Outline:

English Language

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Section A: Reading: Literature Fiction Text
Section B: Writing: Descriptive or Narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A: Reading: One non-fiction and one literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing: Transactional Writing

Spoken Language:

NEA: Presenting, responding to questions and feedback, use of Standard English

English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

Section A: Shakespeare
Section B: 19th Century novel

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

Section A: Modern Texts
Section B: Anthology Poetry
Section C: Unseen Poetry


English Language:

Paper 1: 1 hr 45 mins: 80 marks: 50% total GCSE
Paper 2: 1 hr 45 mins: 80 marks: 50% total GCSE

Spoken Language:

Non-exam assessed: Separate endorsement

English Literature:

Paper 1: 1hr 45 mins exam: 64 marks: 40% total GCSE
Paper 2: 2hr 15 mins exam: 96 marks: 60% total GCSE

Further Information:

For Language you will participate in an exciting mix of whole texts and extracts by a wide range of writers from a variety of eras, participating in reading and writing activities that develop your practical English skills. You will learn to read, explore and understand a variety of well-written texts. You will write in different styles for different purposes and audiences. You will study and explore literature, non-fiction and literary non-fiction extracts from over the last two hundred years, analysing linguistic and structural choices made by the writer.

In Literature, you read a modern text and a full Shakespeare play. You will read and experience a lively range of contemporary and classic poetry. You will explore and analyse a 19th century novel. You will research who created these texts and when. You will be encouraged to express your opinion on them.

The study of English Language and Literature at GCSE will build on the wide range of skills developed by students at KS3 to create literate, analytical and creative readers and writers.


Various theatre trips: modern drama, Shakespeare, interpretations of novels and performances of poetry. Relevant cinema trips.

Possible Career Destinations:

FE or University, Journalism, Media, the Civil Service, Teaching, English is relevant to virtually every career field!

For further information, contact: Ms J. Walker