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Y11 English

GCSE English - Exam Board AQA

All students will complete a two year course leading to two GCSE qualifications: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. 

English Language 

English Language: Over the two years you will study and compare a range of high-quality, challenging fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  You will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. You will also produce your own creative writing using a range of stimulus materials. 

You will sit two terminal examinations to secure your final GCSE grade – see below.  50% of your mark is for reading and 50% of your mark is for writing: 20% of your final mark, however, is awarded for quality of written communication, that is, accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The course also requires you to complete at least one speaking assessment, presenting to a real audience on an issue or topic of your choice. Your score will be recorded as a level (1 – 3) on your final GCSE certificate.  This level does not affect your overall GCSE grade.

For more information please contact Mr Stubbert

Governor Link - Mrs Jacqui Barnfield

English Literature 

Alongside the English Language specification you will study and compare a range of prose, poetry and drama from different cultures and periods.  Studying GCSE English Literature will encourage you to read widely for pleasure and serve as preparation for studying literature at a higher level.  This is a varied and enjoyable course, introducing you to different authors and literacy traditions which will influence your own reading and writing.  You will develop the skills required to respond to and compare whole texts and their authors’ intentions, as well as the ability to respond to unseen extracts, demonstrating understanding of language, form, structure and context.

You will sit two terminal examinations to secure your final GCSE grade – see below. 40% of your mark is for responding to Shakespeare and a 19th-century novel and 60% of your mark is for responding to modern texts and poetry.  5% of your final mark is awarded for quality of written communication: accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.

For more information please contact Mr Stubbert

Governor Link - Mrs Jacqui Barnfield