Outline of Syllabus
GCSE English Language allows pupils to demonstrate their ability to use English in real life contexts and uses an investigative and analytical approach to language topics drawing on personal experience. The course covers the new requirement for functional English.
Scheme of assessment
Assessment is by two written examinations.
Unit 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
A: Pupils read a literary fiction text and consider how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage readers.
B: Pupils write their own creative text, demonstrating narrative and descriptive skills.
Unit 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
A: Pupils read two linked sources from different time periods and genres and consider how each presents a viewpoint to influence the reader. Texts may include high-quality journalism, articles, reports, travel writing, letters, diaries, autobiography, biography etc. and may be fictional or non-fictional.
B: Pupils produce a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form.
Speaking and Listening is also assessed but this is certified separately from the written exams, and does not count towards a GCSE grade.
Awarding body: AQA Specification: GCSE English Language A