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Guru Nanak Multi Academy Trust

English GCSE Exam Outline

English Language

Paper One: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

                   Duration: 1 hour 45 mins     Marks: 80 marks

Section A Reading: One literature fiction text

You will answer four questions looking closely at what information is presented and the methods the writer uses to do this.

Section B Writing: Descriptive or narrative writing

You will write a piece of descriptive writing, either by using a picture to describe a setting or through the perspective of a character.

Paper Two:  Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

Duration: 1 hour 45 mins     Marks: 80 marks

Section A Reading: One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

You will answer four questions looking closely at what information is presented and the methods the writer uses to do this.

Section B Writing: Writing to present a viewpoint

You will write a piece of persuasive, informative or argumentative writing on the given subject.

 

English Literature

Paper One: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (40%)

Duration: 1 hour 45 min     Marks: 64

Section A: You will answer a question on an extract from ‘Macbeth’ and then write about the play as a whole.

Section B: You will answer a question on an extract from ‘A Christmas Carol’ and then write about the play as a whole.

 

Paper Two: Modern Texts and Poetry  (60%)

Duration: 2 hours 15 mins   Marks: 96

Section A: You will have a choice of two essay questions on ‘An Inspector Calls’.

Section B: You will write a comparative essay on two poems. One will be printed and you will compare this with another poem from the anthology but this will be from memory.

Section C: You will answer a question on an unseen poem and then compare this with another unseen poem.

 

Remember! You will not have a copy of any of the texts apart from what is printed on the exam paper.