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The Beaconsfield School A specialist Arts College

English at Key Stage 4

We currently follow the Edexcel syllabi for English Language and AQA English Literature for the current Year 11.  However, the current year 10 will be studying AQA for both English Literature and English Language.  Both GCSEs have been overhauled and are now assessed via 100% examination at the end of Year 11. Students will not gain grades A*-G but grades 9 – 1, where a 7 is equivalent to an A and a 5 is equivalent to a C. All students study both GCSEs.

Information below for AQA exam

English Language

Component 1: Explorations in Creative reading and Writing - 1h 45min exam 50%

Component 2: Writer’s views and perspectives – 1hr 45 minutes 50%

32 marks for English Language are allocated to spelling, grammar and punctuation.

English Literature

Component 1:  19th Century novel and Shakespeare 1 hour 45 minutes – 40 %

Component 2: 20th Century play and Poetry - 2h 15 min exam 60%

Five% of the marks for English Literature are allocated to spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Text choices for English Literature are below. We ask that students buy their own copies, and related study guides, so that they can then write in them as they are studied in class and at home.

Component 1

Novel 19th century

Component 1 Shakespeare

Component 2

20th Century Play

Component 2


A Christmas Carol Romeo and Juliet An Inspector Calls

One collection from the anthology:

Power and conflict

Term Year English Language Term 2
Autumn 10 English Language Paper 1 A Christmas Carol
Spring 10 Poetry Anthology Poetry Anthology and unseen
Summer 10 English Language Paper 2 Speaking and Listening Component
Autumn 11 An Inspector Calls English Language Paper 2
Spring 11 Revision Revision
Summer 11 Revision Revision