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How to Find English GCSE Past Papers – The Top Guide to Literature and Language

Contents

  1. AQA 
  2. Edexcel 
  3. OCR
  4. WJEC
  5. CIE IGCSE
  6. Eduqas

 

One of the best ways to revise for your GCSEs is to look at past papers. To make your life a little easier, 😉 we have compiled a list of different past papers to help you find what you are looking for! 

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AQA 

 

Even the most educated and learned scholars lose the will to live after spending more than five minutes searching for papers on the AQA website! 💀

If you want to brave it alone, here are the links: 

If you want us to neatly, concisely and handily lay them all out for you, 😇 then get a load of this: 

AQA English Language: Paper 1 

This exam paper is fiction (stories). You will be given two sources and have to answer five questions. 

AQA English Language: Paper 2 

This exam paper is non-fiction (not stories). 😅 You will be given one source and have to answer five questions. 

AQA English Literature: Paper 1 

English Language Paper 1 focuses on Shakespeare and 19th Century 

AQA English Literature: Paper 2 

English Literature Paper 2 focuses on Modern Texts and Poetry (Anthology and Unseen)~

 

Edexcel 

 

The Edexcel website is definitely better to navigate than the rabbit warren, AQA. Can you believe that someone thought to upload the question paper, mark scheme and extracts all onto the same document?! 🤯

The downside is that there are not that many past papers available online. 

 

OCR

 

The OCR Website gives a comprehensive and easy to navigate website with past papers. Here are the links:

If you want a more comprehensive breakdown of the 2019 English papers, read on… 

OCR English Language: Communicating Information and Ideas 

OCR English Language: Exploring Effects and Impact 

OCR English Literature: Exploring Modern and Literary Heritage Texts 

OCR English Literature: Exploring Poetry and Shakespeare 

 

WJEC

 

Here is where you can find past papers for the WJEC English Literature and English Language GCSEs:

The WJEC website is good because it groups past papers and mark schemes by year (so it is easy to find a year) but confusing in that all of the past papers and mark schemes are jumbled into the same list – which becomes particularly confusing when you have higher and lower tiers and the rather unimaginatively named ‘Unit 2A’ and ‘Unit 2B’. 😳

But fear not, we’ve filtered through the chaos and ordered it for you in a neat way! 💪

WJEC English Language: Unit 2

WJEC English Language: Unit 3

WJEC (foundation) English Literature: Unit 1

WJEC (foundation) English Literature: Unit 2A 

WJEC (foundation) English Literature: Unit 2B 

WJEC (higher) English Literature: Unit 1

WJEC (higher) English Literature: Unit 2A

WJEC (higher) English Literature: Unit 2B 

 

CIE IGCSE

 

The Cambridge IGCSE websites are pretty straightforward and easy to use so they don’t need us to distil the information for you. 🙌 Here are the links to all of their past paper resources:



Eduqas

 

And finally, there is good old, Eduqas! Here are the links to the websites with their past paper resources: 

And here is a paper by paper breakdown of the different components for each paper: 

Eduqas English Language: Component 1 

Eduqas English Language: Component 2

Eduqas English Literature: Component 1

Eduqas English Literature: Component 2

So there you have it! A handy breakdown of all the different English Literature and English Language GCSE papers, mark schemes and inserts! 📚 If you would like some more help with your English GCSEs (or even A-Level) preparations, you can book a free trial session with one of our English tutors on the GoStudent website

You might also like to check out our guide on how to analyse unseen poetry

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