GCSE English Language

Unlike most subjects, there isn't a great deal of learning to do for English Language. But that doesn't mean you can't prepare for your exam. It's important to practice past exam papers so that you can develop the skill of writing answers in exam situations. There are several revision guides available which have tips and hints for the exam, as well as some online resources

Specifications | Revision Guides | Past Papers | Online Resources


Each exam board produces a syllabus listing exactly what you need to know to pass the exams. Some students find this useful to use as checklist of what you have revised. Make sure you check with your teacher which exam board and syllabus you are following.

Revision Guides

Revision guides are printed books which summarise everything you need to know to do well in the exam, and are an important part of many people's revision. We have reviews of hundreds of revision guides including:

A broad revision guide CGP describes as having "everything covered", this book is suitable for all exam boards and all levels. Laid out in a friendly, easily accessible note-like format with plenty of diagrams these CGP guides are…

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The Bitesize Interactive Revision Tutor is part of the BBC bitesize revision series and contains an interactive CD-ROM with direct links to the popular Bitesize revision website. Specially designed interactive tools allow the planning of revision, to check progress…

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Past & Speciman Papers

Attempting sample and past papers is a good way to check how your revision is going, and will allow you to become more comfortable answering exam-style questions. Links to several past papers are below, some of which can be viewed for free online. They are arranged by exam board, if you don’t know which exam board your school is using then you should ask your teacher.

Online Resources

As well as buying a revision guide, you can add variety to your revision using free online resources. Bear in mind that the content of some of these websites might not be as reliable or up-to-date as printed books, check that the content matches your syllabus and if in doubt ask your teacher.