English Language and English Literature GCSE

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Department: English

Level: 2 X GCSEs which include qualification in functional English

Duration of courses: 3 years

Examination Board: A.Q.A.

Assessment Method and Component Percentages:

English Language: GCSE

Paper One: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing:

  • written exam
  • two sections (A: reading; B: writing)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Paper Two: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives:

  • written exam
  • two sections (A: reading; B: writing)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment: Spoken Language:

  • teacher set throughout course
  • marked by teacher
  • separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

English Literature: GCSE

Paper One: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel:

  • written exam
  • two sections (A: Shakespeare; B: the 19th Century novel)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Paper Two: Modern texts and poetry:

  • written exam
  • two sections (A: modern prose or drama; B: the poetry anthology; C: the unseen poem)
  • 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Please note that both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature are intended to be of equal status for both further and higher education and to future employers.

What will I learn?

English Language and English Literature are two GCSEs that are taught together.  English Language deals with communication and develops speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. English Literature deals with responding to various forms of literature and examining reading and writing skills. During the courses, students will: be assessed by examinations at the end of Year 11; undertake at least three compulsory Standard English speaking tasks tasks; and study a range of literary and non-fiction texts including prose, poetry, drama with one of these being a Shakespeare play.

How will I learn?

Teachers will aim to inspire, direct and support each student. Students will work individually and collaboratively in pairs and in groups, talking, listening, sharing ideas, reading, making notes, writing and researching using the library and the internet and working at home to develop their own creative and language skills and their ability to analyse non- fiction and literary text. In addition, students will be asked to present their ideas, interests or skills by talking to other students in their class. 

Departmental Expectations:

All students in Y11 will take both English Language and English Literature GCSE. All students should be prepared to read, write and talk in class and complete homework tasks which will enable them to be ready for examination.

Career Potential:

English GCSEs are essential for most careers and for a full range of Post-16 studies including Diploma qualifications and many degree level courses.

Contact People:

Your child’s English teacher.

Mrs S Watson - Assistant Principal Teacher for English KS4.

Mr P Hanson – Principal Teacher English