Course Level: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification link: English Language GCSE

Entry requirements: No specific requirements

Course Description

English Language covers critical reading and comprehension, writing and the spoken language.

This course will enable learners:

  • to read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding; 
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing; 
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately; 
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately; 
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language; 
  • to listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.

How is it examined? 

English Language Paper 1 – Exploration of Creative Reading and Writing. 

English Language Paper 2 – Writer’s viewpoints and Perspectives. 

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language Endorsement.

(The course profile covers both English Language and English Literature.)

Course Profile

Career Pathways

English is a very important subject that forms the foundation of all other subjects. Furthermore, most colleges require a good pass in English because it indicates that you have a good grasp of functional literacy skills and will be able to cope with higher order thinking skills at tertiary level. Similarly, future employers place great emphasis on good literacy and communicative skills that will provide you with confidence as you prepare for adult life. 

It's impossible to go a day without using English and mathematical skills, and a good level of understanding means that you can have more control over things like your finances, communication and you can gain a better understanding of issues such as politics and current affairs.

Studies show that higher levels of literacy and numeracy are linked to better health and a longer lifespan.  These skills also have a positive impact on your mental health.


Job Opportunities

The majority of employers look for at least a GCSE grade 4 in English and mathematics. A good result in mathematics could be the difference between you getting that job or promotion you’ve always wanted.

People with good GCSE grades in English and mathematics also earn approximately +£2,000 more than those who don’t.

The majority of university courses look for at least a 5 in GCSE English and mathematics as this shows you have a good understanding of the subjects. Not getting a 5 in these subjects might limit your chances of getting onto a higher education course at University or qualifying for a higher level apprenticeship.


 Further reading

Year 9/10/11 books:

CPG GCSE AQA English and English Literature

Mr Bruff revision videos