GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Complete Revision Guide For The Grade 9-1 Exams

Welcome to your guide GCSE English Language – the complete guide to complement your GCSE Language learning. This guide can be used alongside the new national curriculum which ensures you are fully prepared for your GCSE English exams.

Your GCSE Literature examination comprises of two sections:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of GCSE
Marks out of 80

Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives
1 hour and 45 minutes
50% of GCSE
Marks out of 80

Assessment Objectives

AO1

AO1 = To read, understand, and respond to literary texts. Students should be able to demonstrate a critical style in their writing, and develop an informed personal response. Students are also required to use contextual references, including quotations in order to support their interpretation.

AO2

AO2 = To analyse the language, form, and structure used by an author and analyse the meaning and context. To ensure relevant terminology is used throughout their assessment.

AO3

AO3 = To show an understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which a piece of text is written.

AO4

AO4 = To use an array of vocabulary and sentence structures in order to provide clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

When it comes to your GCSE Language exam, you need to ensure that you perfect your grammar, punctuation and spelling. You will be assessed on each of the aforementioned areas, and therefore you want to make sure that your answers are at their best.

Below we have outlined the topics that are included within this GCSE English Language guide:

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

GRAMMAR

  • Articles;
  • Prepositions;
  • Conjunctions;
  • Adjectives;
  • Verbs;
  • Adverbs;
  • Nouns;
  • Pronouns.

PUNCTUATION

  • Beginning and Ending Sentences;
  • Ellipses;
  • Question Marks;
  • Exclamation Marks;
  • Commas;
  • Inverted Commas;
  • Apostrophes;
  • Colons;
  • Semi-Colons;
  • Brackets;
  • Dashes;
  • Hyphens.

SPELLING

  • The Magic ‘E’;
  • The ‘I’ Before ‘E’ Except After ‘C’ Rule;
  • Silent Letters;
  • Unstressed Letters;
  • Commonly Misspelt Words;
  • Understanding Words;
  • Singular and Plurals;
  • Prefixes and Suffixes;
  • Homophones and Homonyms.

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAM

Before you begin preparing for each section of your GCSE English Language exam, we think it is important that you understand what to expect in terms of subject content, and how to make the most out of your revision time.

Paper 1

During Paper 1 of your English Language exam, you will be required to answer all five questions.

In the exam, you will be provided with an extract from a work of literary fiction. This will either be from the 20th or 21st century.

Below we have included a breakdown of the questions you will face in Paper 1:

Paper 2

During Paper 2 of your English Language exam, you will be required to answer all five questions.

In the exam, you will be provided with two non-fiction extracts – one from the 19th century and one from either the 20th or 21st century.

Below we have included a breakdown of the questions you will face in Paper 2:

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