GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature
GCSE English Language &GCSE English Literature
Key factsAll pupils take GCSE English Language and GCSE English
LiteratureExam-only assessment at the end of Year 11Grading 1-9GCSE
gradingNew gradeCurrent8,9A*7A6B5C top 33% of currentVery, very
secure grade C4C bottom 66% of current3D2E1FGCSE English
LanguageComponent 1 1 hour 45 minutes (40%)Component 2 2 hours
(60%)GCSE English LanguageComponent 1 examSection A (20%)
ReadingUnderstanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of
literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of
structured questionsSection B (20%) Prose WritingOne creative
writing task selected from a choice of four titlesGCSE English
LanguageComponent 2 examSection A (30%) ReadingUnderstanding of two
extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality
non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the
21st century, assessed through a range of structured
questionsSection B (30%) WritingTwo compulsory
transactional/persuasive writing tasksGCSE English
LiteratureComponent 1 2 hours (40%)Component 2 2 hours 30 min.
GCSE English LiteratureComponent 1Section A (20%) -
ShakespeareOne extract question and one essay question based on the
reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed
list.Section B (20%) - Poetry from 1789 to the present dayTwo
questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one
of which involves comparison.
40% (2 hours)GCSE English LiteratureComponent 2Section A (20%)
Post-1914 Prose/DramaOne source-based question on a post 1914
prose/drama text (An Inspector Calls)Section B (20%) 19th Century
ProseOne source-based question on a 19th century prose text (The
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry
from the 20th/21st CenturyTwo questions on unseen poems, one of
which involves comparison.
60% (2 hours 30)AssessmentAssessment lessonsEvery fortnight.
Alternating between Maths and English.Exam-style
assessment.End-of-unit assessmentPre-released tasks. Pupils
prepared by teachers.Written under supervision in exam-like
conditions.Some redrafting and resubmission permitted.
CRU current: grade 1-9, derived from both.
CRU forecast: grade 1-9, based on professional judgementWhat you
can doEncourage them to read a wide range of texts regularlySupport
and encourage them with the basics when you look at their work (up
to 5 errors!)Get them as familiar as possible with the set texts:
An Inspector Calls; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde;
Macbeth/Romeo and Juliet.Further informationwww.eduqas.co.uk