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Core Curriculum: English and English Literature GCSEs

Members of Staff Responsible: Mr J. Thirlby
Examinations: GCSE Board – AQA
English Language: Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)
English Literature: Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel (50%)
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (50%)

Core Curriculum: English and English Literature GCSEs


Students will be able to: 

 talk and listen in a variety of contexts and for a range of purposes 

 read a variety of literature, non-fiction and media and develop their understanding of different genres and styles 

 write for a range of purposes and in a variety of forms 

 appreciate the way authors achieve their effects 

 be aware of social, historical and cultural contexts of literature 

Choice of Texts 

Students will study a selection of texts and extracts, including: 

• Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

• Macbeth by William Shakespeare 

• A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

• The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R. L. Stevenson 

• Blood Brothers by Willy Russell 

• An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley 

• A range of poetry from the AQA Anthology 

• A range of fiction and non-fiction texts 


Students will sit four examinations in the summer of Year 11, totalling 7.5 hours. They will complete a Spoken Language assessment during the final year of the course. Homework Year 10 and Year 11 students receive homework once a week. It may consist of written work, reading, independent learning, revision or internet-based research. Homework is available for students to access using the school’s School Synergy application.

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