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WJEC GCSE English Language Past Papers

Sample set for new specifications

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Question Paper includes extract 

from The No.  1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Question Paper includes extracts from The American Frugal Housewife written in 1832 by Lydia M. Child and a newspaper article entitled 'Waste not, Want not'' by John Humphrys 

Summer 2017

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Question Paper

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Resource Material

Extract taken from Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Question Paper includes extract from American Notes for General Circulation written by Charles Dickens in 1842.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Resource Material

Article entitled 'Inside America's Toughest Prison' by Mark Binelli

Autumn 2017

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Question Paper

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Resource Material

Extract taken from Cleopatra's Sister by Penelope Lively

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Question Paper includes extract from The Whaleman's Adventures written by Henry Cheever in 1850.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Resource Material

Article entitled 'Whales Under Threat Again' by Michael McCarthy in 2006.

Summer 2018

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Question Paper

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Resource Material

Extract taken from Two Stories about Emma by Margaret Atwood

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Question Paper includes extract from a description of the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in 1883 by Pieter Sandrick

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Resource Material

Article entitled 'Iceland's erupting volcano'' by Tom Robbins.

Autumn 2018

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Question Paper

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Question Paper includes extract from a biography of Blondin, a famous tightrope walker, entitled Blondin: His Life and Performances by George Banks.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Resource Material

Article entitled 'Nik Wallenda Makes History at Niagara Falls' by Jacob Burnett.

Summer 2019

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Question Paper

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Resource Material

Extract taken from Heavy Weather by Helen Simpson

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Question Paper includes an account of a rescue which appeared in a Victorian magazine called Penny Review.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Resource Material

Article entitled 'Miners rescued from Chilean mine' by Jeffrey Brown.

Autumn 2019

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Question Paper

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Resource Material

Extract taken from a story by W. Somerset Maugham

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Question Paper includes a page from a Victorian magazine London As It Is.

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Resource Material

Article entitled 'Is it the end of the road for London's traditional street markets? Meet the last stallholder in Hackney's Kingsland Road market'.

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