Exam Board – AQA

Qualification – GCSE English language 8700

Entry requirements – GCSE grade 3

Course specification

Students are now required to resit the English language GCSE until they reach a grade 4 minimum. This is the minimum grade required by universities, many apprenticeships and employers to show proficiency and confidence with English.

“Achieving a higher grade has opened up so many more opportunities for me in future employment and study. It’s a passport to anywhere I want to go!”

– Student

The course covers reading, fiction and non-fiction from 20th century to the present day, and writing creatively and writing viewpoints.

Students will study a range of fictional extracts from novels from a wide range of genres and improve their written creativity and accuracy. Students will also study a range of non-fiction texts covering a wide range of issues and improve their own skills in writing to argue and persuade.

There are two examinations which will be taken in the summer at the end of the academic year. Please note there is no early entry in the autumn. English resit may be subject to change dependent on government policy and exam board adjustments.

What doors will this open up for me?

English language is a core subject and a grade 4 is considered an essential requirement by employers, universities, colleges and apprenticeships.