AQA GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language

Course Structure

English Language topics: creative reading and writing; writers’ viewpoints and perspectives; spoken language; 19th, 20th and 21st texts; and literary non-fiction.


English Literature topics: Macbeth; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; An Inspector Calls; Poetry.


The English course results in two separate GCSEs and is assessed by examination at the end of year 11.


English Language: 100% exam (split between 2 x exams). No tiered entry.

English Literature: 100 % exam (split between 2 x exams). No tiered entry.

Additional opportunities

In lessons you will be expected to exchange ideas in a variety of ways with lots of opportunities for drama, debate and group work.

Skills Developed

You will develop your communication skills in all areas; speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Progression Routes

GCSE English prepares you for a range of further study, particularly where clarity of communication and the ability to reason and discuss information is important. Further study might include A Level English Literature, English Language, History, Religious Studies, Psychology, Modern Foreign Language…etc.

For more information

Mrs H Gilbert

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