English

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mrs Evans
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  AQA
TEACHERS:
Mrs Evans (Head of Department) – Ms King (Second in Department) – Mr Sharrock – Mrs Norton
Mr Harrington – Mr Oakley – Ms Hitchin – Mr Mallon

 

The new GCSE English course is designed to inspire and motivate students. It equips students with essential reading, writing and communication skills that are required in the work place and in Further Education. Students are taught how to be perceptive and critical judges of writers’ choice of language in fiction and non- fiction including the relatively new emerging language of social media. The new course is a linear qualification that commences in Year 9 and is examined at the end of Year 11. There is a significant shift away from Controlled Assessment. In order to achieve the award, students must complete both English exams in June in a single year.  Students will also complete a Spoken Language course that is not formally examined. The class teacher will assess this component and students will receive a separate certificate to endorse the standard.

Assessment
Paper 1:  Explorations in creative Reading and Writing:  1 hour 45 minutes 50% of GCSE
Paper 2:  Writers’ Viewpoints:   1 hour 45 minutes
50% of GCSE

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form:  GCE A Level English, English Literature, combined English and Literature and Media Studies.
English and Literature can be studied with a variety of other subjects at university including: History, Politics, Law, and Philosophy.
Careers where this course may be useful are: Journalism, Law, Business, Retail, Marketing, Teaching, and Social Work. It is considered as a generic qualification that is highly regarded for many other career paths.

* All qualifications are subject to change following publication of Key Stage 4 National Curriculum

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mrs Evans
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  AQA
TEACHERS:
Mrs Evans (Head of Department) – Ms King (Second in Department) – Mr Sharrock – Mrs Norton
Mr Harrington – Mr Oakley – Ms Hitchin – Mr Mallon

 

The new GCSE English Literature course is designed to encourage students to develop knowledge and critical thinking skills. Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written. Studying GCSE English Literature should also encourage students to read widely for pleasure and acquire wide vocabulary.
A greater emphasis has been placed on the study of Shakespeare, the 19th-Century novel and British Literature in this newly revised course.
The course is a linear qualification that commences in Year 9 and is examined at the end of Year 11.

Assessment
Paper 1:  Shakespeare and the 19th-Century novel  1 hour 45 minutes 40% of GCSE
Paper 2:  Modern Texts and Poetry  2 hours 15 minutes
60% of GCSE

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form:  GCE A Level English, English Literature, combined English and Literature and Media Studies
English Literature can be studied with a variety of other subjects at University including: History, Politics, Law, and Philosophy.
Careers where this course may be useful are: Journalism, Law, Business, Retail, Marketing, Teaching, and Social Work. It is considered as a generic qualification that is highly regarded for many other career paths.

* All qualifications are subject to change following publication of Key Stage 4 National Curriculum