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Course Title – GCSE English Language

Course Outline
This qualification allows students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

Students are encouraged to make ‘fresh’ and individual responses to each element of assessment. This qualification is ideal for those who wish to explore English Language in depth, and (in combination with English Literature) experience greater breadth of English studies at this level.

The scheme of assessment is Linear. All components must be offered and certificated in the same series. Exam papers are at one tier only.

Assessment

Unit Assessment Method Weighting
Paper 1:
Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
1 hour 45 min external examination (80 marks) (50% of GCSE)
Section A: Reading (40 marks) one literature fiction text.
Section B: Writing (40 marks) descriptive or narrative writing.
50%
25%
25%
Paper 2:
Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
1 hour 45 min external examination (80 marks) (50% of GCSE)
Section A: Reading (40 marks) one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text.
Section B: Writing (40 marks) writing to present a viewpoint.
50%
25%
25%
Non-examination Assessment:
Spoken Language
Teacher assessment throughout the course. Presenting, responding to questions and feedback, use of Standard English. Separate endorsement. 0%


Progression/Further Study
English Language A-Level can be useful if students are interested in a career in journalism, teaching, screen writing, script writing for T.V, radio and films. English A-Level can also lead into film, media and communication studies (see university prospectus or website for GCSE/ A-level grade requirements).

 

Course Title – GCSE English Literature

Course Outline

This qualification allows students to develop knowledge and skills in reading writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written.

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners, who enjoy reading widely and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.

All students will study a modern drama text, Shakespeare, poetry and a 19th century novel.

All assessments are closed book and exams are single tier. The use of extract-based questions feature in the 19th-century novel and Shakespeare examinations.

Assessment

Unit Assessment Method Weighting
Paper 1:
Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
1 hour 45 min external examination (64 marks)
Section A: Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth)
Section B: The 19th-century novel (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol)
40%
20%
20%
Paper 2:
Modern texts and poetry
2 hour 15 min external examination
Section A: Modern texts (An Inspector Calls)
Section B: Section B: Poetry (Power and Conflict)
Section C: Unseen poetry
60%
20%
20%
20%


Progression/Further Study

AS and A-Level English Literature and A-Level Drama potentially leading to a Degree course.

English Literature A-Level can be useful if students are interested in a career in journalism, teaching, screen writing, script writing for T.V, radio and films (see university prospectus or website for GCSE/ A-level grade requirements).