Key Information on English GCSE
GCSE English Language (AQA)
Paper 1 – Fiction and Creative writing
- Read one text and answer four questions on it. (The question stems are always the same.)
- Write a description based on the picture OR write a narrative in response to the title given. (The image and title will usually be linked to the extract from the story they have just read.)
Paper 2 – Non-fiction and transactional writing
- Read two texts on the same topic and answer four questions on them. (The question stems are always the same.)
- Write a letter/speech/essay/article/leaflet in response to the question given.
GCSE English Literature (AQA)
Paper 1 – Pre-20th century texts. For our boys, this means ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’.
- They will be given an extract to read from the play and novel and will be asked to answer a question in response to the extract and the whole text. This could be character or theme based.
Paper 2 – 20th century texts. For our boys, this means ‘Blood Brothers’ and 15 poems about power and conflict.
- For ‘Blood Brothers’, the boys will be given a choice of two questions which they will need to write a detailed response to. This could be character or theme based.
- They will be given one of the poems from the anthology they have studied and will be asked to compare it with one of the other poems they have studied.
- They will be given two unseen poems to analyse and compare.
Power & Conflict Poetry Anthology:
Reality of War
- 'Remains’ – Simon Armitage
- 'War Photographer’ – Carol Ann Duffy
- 'Charge Of The Light Brigade’ – Alfred Lord Tennyson
- 'Bayonet Charge’ – Ted Hughes
- 'Exposure’ – Wilfred Owen
- 'Poppies’ – Jane Weir
Power of Nature
- 'Kamikaze’ – Beatrice Garland
- 'Storm On The Island’ – Seamus Heaney
- 'The Prelude’ – William Wordsworth
- 'The Emigree’ – Carol Rumens
- 'Tissue’ – Imtiaz Dharker
- 'My Last Duchess’ – Robert Browning
- 'Ozymandias’ – Percy Bysshe Shelley
- 'London’ – William Blake
- 'Checkin’ Out Me History’ – John Agard