For GCSE English exams in the UK, the topics covered can vary slightly depending on the exam board and specific syllabus being followed.

However, here is a general list of common topics that are typically included:

  1. Reading comprehension: Extracts from literature, non-fiction texts, and poetry, requiring analysis and interpretation.
  2. Writing skills: Creative writing, descriptive and narrative writing, letter writing, argumentative/persuasive writing, and writing to inform or explain.
  3. Poetry: Study of a range of poems from different periods, analysis of themes, language, and poetic techniques.
  4. Prose: Study of a novel or a selection of short stories, focusing on plot, characters, themes, and literary devices.
  5. Drama: Analysis of a play, understanding of characters, themes, plot, and dramatic techniques.
  6. Shakespeare: Study of a Shakespeare play, understanding of language, themes, characters, and dramatic techniques.
  7. Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar (SPaG): Assessing knowledge of grammar rules, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and writing conventions.
  8. Speaking and Listening: Assessing communication and presentation skills, including discussions, debates, presentations, and spoken language analysis.

It’s important to note that the specific texts and poems studied can vary depending on the exam board and the individual school’s choice. Additionally, the weightage and emphasis on each topic may differ across different exam boards and specifications. Therefore, it is advisable to refer to the specific exam board and syllabus being followed by your school for the most accurate and up-to-date information.