English Language and Literature GCSE

Exam board


How Will I Be Assessed?

No controlled assessment – 100% exam.


English Language Paper 1

  • Explorations in creative reading and writing
  • 1 hour 45 mins
  • Section A: reading, Section B: writing
  • 80 marks, 50% of GCSE
  • 4 June 2019

English Language Paper 2

  • Writers’ view points and perspectives
  • 1 hour 45 mins
  • Section A: reading, Section B: writing
  • 80 marks, 50% of GCSE
  • 7 June 2019

English Literature Paper 1

  • Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel
  • 1 hour 45 mins
  • Section A: Shakespeare (Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet) 34 marks
  • Section B: 19th Centry novel (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol) 30 marks
  • 64 marks, 40% of GCSE
  • 15 May 2019

English Literature Paper 2

  • Modern texts and poetry
  • 2 hours 15 mins
  • Section A: Modern text (Animal Farm or An Inspector Calls or DNA or Lord of the Flies or Never Let Me Go) 34 marks
  • Section B: Poetry Anthology 30 marks
  • Section C: Unseen Poetry 32 marks
  • 96 marks, 60% of GCSE
  • 23 May 2019

English Language

Reading skills: summary, comparison, language analysis, evaluate, infer, analyse structure, read for meaning. Students need to be familiar with grammatical terminology, parts of speech and literary terminology in order to analyse the texts closely.

Writing skills: writing to entertain and writing to present a point of view, in a particular genre. Students must have a clear understanding of these writing styles and use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.

English Literature

The exams are now ‘closed book’ – which means students will not have a copy of the play, poems or novel in the exam with them. They need to learn key quotes to use in their exam essays.

Students need to know the texts well, including their plot structure, key characters, themes, the historical context that they were written in and be able to analyse how they have been written. They need to know key literary terminology in order to analyse language of the texts successfully.

Revision resources

We run ‘walking mock’ exams, offering actual exam practice in timed conditions, whilst walking students through the paper, reminding them of the key points of the mark scheme and our top tips.

Download the following:

English Language Walking Mock Paper 1

Language Paper 2 Walking Mock

English Literature Homework Booklet – Macbeth

English Literature Homework Booklet – Romeo & Juliet

The Revision Leaflet

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