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English Language

Revision resources

Course: AQA English Language GCSE 8700

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing 50%

Section A Reading

  • One literature fiction text

Section B Writing

  • Descriptive or narrative writing

Assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute exam


Paper 2: Writers viewpoints and perspectives 50%

Section A: Reading

  • One fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • Writing to present a viewpoint

Assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute exam


Spoken Language (non-examination)

  • Presentation to class teacher - Separate endorsement

Course Descriptions

GCSE English Language allows candidates the exciting opportunity to develop their core communication skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Through use of real, relevant non-fiction texts and literary texts, students are encouraged to engage with and make fresh connections between ideas, texts, words and images, analysing written language to explore impact and how it is achieved. As writers, students will get the opportunity to express themselves creatively and imaginatively in descriptive and narrative writing as well as honing their understanding of the conventions of writing to present a viewpoint that may well form a part of their everyday lives in the future. Students will learn to express ideas and information clearly, precisely, accurately and appropriately in spoken and written communication. They will also be encouraged to form independent views and challenge what is heard or read on the grounds of reason, evidence or argument. Through speaking and listening activities, students will be given the opportunity to make a range of effective contributions, using creative approaches to exploring questions, solving problems and developing ideas. In order to develop key skills in verbal communication, students will participate in a range of real life contexts in and beyond the classroom, adapting talk appropriately to situation and audience.

Department Statement

The skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are of vital importance in many areas. Not only are they essential in many careers, they also underpin successful study at all levels, and a proficiency in them can also add immeasurably to an individual's general quality of life. The English Language course is designed to aid and assess such development, and to encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The course will build on skills and experiences developed in English lessons throughout the lower school; prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices, and encourage them to use language to participate effectively in society and employment.

Careers

An English Language GCSE is valued exceptionally highly by employers and further education providers. Not only does the course provide a good foundation for further study of English Language and/or English Literature at A level, it is also an essential requirement for almost every area of further study. The English Language course is ideal for students considering a career in: law, public relations, journalism, teaching and human resources.

For more information contact Mrs H Craddock (Director of English)