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 GCSE

English Language and English Literature

 

 

In Years 10 and 11, the majority of students are taught English in mixed ability groups four times a week, leading to dual certification in English and English Literature with the AQA exam board. A small minority are taught English only.

 
English - Key Stage 4

GCSE English

The course leading to the award of the General Certificate of Secondary Education in English is designed to develop students' skills in, and knowledge and understanding of, English and Literature. Accordingly, the assessment for the course which is based on both coursework and examinations is through a wide range of speaking and listening, reading and writing activities. In addition, the course represents a foundation for students to proceed to further and higher studies in English, English Literature and a range of other disciplines.

Aims of the Course

  • Speaking and Listening - This component aims to develop students’ abilities to: formulate, clarify and express their ideas; adapt speech to a widening range of circumstances and demands; listen, understand and respond appropriately to others and use the vocabulary and grammar of Standard English
  • Reading - This component develops students' abilities to: read accurately and fluently; understand, respond to and enjoy literature of increasing complexity drawn from the English literary heritage and other cultures and traditions and analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts
  • Writing - This component develops students' abilities to: construct and convey meaning in written, standard English including the use of compositional skills to develop ideas and communicate meaning to a reader; develop a wide range of vocabulary and appropriate styles; organize and structure sentences grammatically and whole texts coherently and develop the presentational skills of punctuation, spelling, hand-writing and different forms

Course Outline

The English language AQA GCSE course outline can be seen below:

Unit 1: Understanding and Producing Non-fiction Texts

External Examination
40% of the total GCSE marks

2 hours

80 marks

Section A: Reading
20% of the total GCSE marks

1 hour

40 marks

Section B: Writing
20% of the total GCSE marks

1 hour

40 marks

Plus:

Unit 2: Speaking and Listening

Controlled Assessment
20% of the total GCSE marks

 

45 marks

Plus:

Unit 3: Understanding Spoken and Written Texts and Writing Creatively

Controlled Assessment
40% of the total GCSE marks

 

80 marks

Part A: Extended Reading
15% of the total GCSE marks

3-4 hours

30 marks

Part B: Creative Writing
15% of the total GCSE marks

3-4 hours

30 marks

Part C: Spoken Language Study
10% of the total GCSE marks

2-3 hours

20 marks

GCSE English Literature

The course leading to the award of the General Certificate of Secondary Education in English Literature is designed to develop students' knowledge and appreciation of English Literature. It aims to enhance an understanding of the literary uses of language and the human and moral dimensions of literary works.

Aims of the Course

  • develop the ability to read, understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts; appreciate the ways in which writers achieve their effects and develop the skills necessary for literary study
  • develop awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences in the study of literature
  • develop the ability to construct and convey meaning in speech and writing, matching style to purpose and audience

Course Outline

The English literature AQA GCSE course outline can be seen below:

Unit 1: Exploring Modern Texts

External Examination
40% of the total GCSE marks

1 hour 30 mins

60 marks

Section A: Modern Prose or Drama
20% of the total GCSE marks

45 mins

30 marks

Section B: Exploring Cultures
20% of the total GCSE marks

45 mins

30 marks

Plus:

Unit 2: Poetry Across Time

External Examination
35% of the total GCSE marks

1 hour 15 mins

54 marks

Section A: Poetry Cluster from the Anthology
23% of the total GCSE marks

45 mins

36 marks

Section B: Responding to an Unseen Poem
12% of the total GCSE marks

30 mins

18 marks

Plus:

Unit 3: The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage

Controlled Assessment
25% of the total GCSE marks

3-4 hours

40 marks

 
The AQA website has a great deal of useful information, see below for a link to the homepage:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

 

 
                                    
 

 

 

 

 

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