The Pioneers Academy

The Pioneers Academy

  • English Language

    GCSE English Language

    Examining board: AQA 8700

    Aims of the Course:

    • 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.

    In addition, students must:

    • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.

    The Spoken Language endorsement will be reported on as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.


    Overview of the Course

    Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. They will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.


    Examination and Assessment Methods

    Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

    A written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of GCSE)

    Section A: Reading and answering four questions based on one literature fiction text

    Section B: Writing - one extended writing question on descriptive or narrative writing

    Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

    A written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (50% of GCSE)

    Section A: Reading –answering four questions based on one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

    Section B: Writing—one extended writing question to present a viewpoint