Y10 English Exam

Year 10 exam: The Year 10 exam is made up of two key elements. There will be an essay based on the WRITTEN TEXT (this may have been poetry, short story or novel) and an essay on the studied film.

These questions will be TWO part questions, a DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN and they must address both in their answers. To revise they should be looking back over their notes and revising key areas like SETTING, CHARACTER and MAIN IDEA.


  • Describe at least ONE idea that you thought was important in the text(s). Explain how visual / oral language features were used to show you the idea(s) was important.
  • Describe at least ONE important aspect of setting in the text(s). Explain why an aspect(s) of setting helped you understand a key idea(s) in the text(s). Note: Setting could include time and / or place.
  • Describe at least ONE character or individual who played an important role in the text(s). Explain why the character(s) or individual(s) was important in the text(s) as a whole. Discuss visual / oral text features in your response.

Students must remember that if they are writing about film, they will have to write about techniques.

The smaller classes (Ms Spicer’s line 6 and Ms Matthew’s line 5 class) will have ONE essay to write and then a creative writing piece which they will have a prompt for.

There is a section on the Year 10 English Moodle page for exams where you can find sample essay questions and exemplars.

– Ms Matthews (Assistant HOF English)

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