Most students will study both English Language and English Literature, giving them two GCSEs.

Why study English Language & Literature?

It is a statutory requirement that all students follow a course of study that includes English in one of its many forms. It is about developing your skills of analysis and preparing you for the future, whether in the workforce or with further study.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

All employers will ask about results in GCSE English and will use them as part of their recruitment procedures. It is often a requirement to have at least five A*-C including English in order to go on to further study. If you wish, you can study English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature at AS and A Level.

What will I learn?

English Language J355 (one GCSE)

English Literature J360 (one GCSE)

  • Unit A651: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing

 Controlled Assessment (30%)

  • Unit A652: Speaking, Listening and Spoken Language

 Controlled Assessment (30%)

  • Unit A680: Information and Ideas

 Exam (40%)


  • Unit A661: Literary Linked Texts

 Controlled Assessment (25%)

  • Unit A662: Modern Drama

 Exam (25%)

  • Unit A663: Prose from Different Cultures

 Exam (25%)

  • Unit A664: Literary heritage Prose and Contemporary Poetry

 Exam (25%)

What skills will I acquire?

English Language

Speaking and listening: talk in different scenarios and for different purposes, developing communication skills.

Spoken language: investigating variation in spoken language and how it relates to purpose and context.

Studying written language: read texts and explore the purposes, ideas and perspectives of authors, developing interpretations. Consider the different features of writing and evaluate them.

Writing: write and organise writing for different purposes, using appropriate and imaginative sentence structures, vocabulary and punctuation.

English Literature

Respond to texts critically and imaginatively, exploring how authors use language structure and form to contribute to overall meaning. Explore contexts and make comparisons between texts.

How is it assessed?

A combination of Controlled Assessment and terminal examinations.