GCSE English

At GCSE, students have the opportunity to study English through one of two routes. This route will be decided upon by your child’s English teacher inevitably. The first route offers a combined course, in which your son/daughter would study and prepare for two GCSEs : English Language and English Literature. This is a two year course and by the end of the course, your son/daughter will have achieved two GCSEs. The details of the course content are summarised below:


GCSE English Language:

Unit 1 – Exam (40%) – Understanding and producing non-fiction texts:

Section A  - Reading (1 hour; 40 marks) Section B – Writing (1 hour; 40 marks)

Unit 2 – Speaking and Listening (20%) – 3 equally weighted/assessed activities:

Presenting, discussing and listening; role-playing (45 marks in total)

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment (40%) – Understanding spoken texts and written texts and writing creatively:

3a – Extended Reading (3-4 hours; 30 marks); 3b – Creative Writing (3-4 hours; 30 marks); 3c – Spoken Language Study (2-3 hours; 20 marks)

GCSE English Literature:

Unit 1 – Exam (40%):

Section A – Modern Prose or Drama (45 minutes; 30 marks) ; Section B – Exploring Cultures (45 minutes; 30 marks)

Unit 2 – Exam (35%):

Section A – Poetry: Anthology Cluster (45 minutes; 36 marks); Section B – Responding to an unseen poem (30 minutes; 18 marks)

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment (25%):

The Significance of Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage (linking one Shakespeare play with another text)

 

The second route is a two year English route. This course does contain elements of Literature within but it does allow pupils the opportunity to develop their English skills and allows pupils who might struggle with the pressure of an extra GCSE to achieve the best grade possible for their English. If your son/daughter is selected for this course, they will achieve one GCSE for English at the end of the two years. The course is summarised below:


GCSE (2 Year) English:

Unit 1 – Exam (40%) – Understanding and producing non-fiction texts:

  • Section A  - Reading (1 hour; 40 marks)
  • Section B – Writing (1 hour; 40 marks)

Unit 2 – Speaking and Listening (20%) – 3 equally weighted/assessed activities:

  • Presenting, discussing and listening; role-playing (45 marks in total)

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment (40%) – Understanding and producing creative texts

  • 3a – Understanding creative texts (literary reading) (3-4 hours; 45 marks)

3 separate texts to be studied and written about (15 marks each): a play by Shakespeare, a text from the English Literary Heritage and a text from a different culture.

  • 3b – Producing creative texts (3-4 hours; 45 marks)

2 creative writing tasks – 15 marks each; further 15 marks available for accuracy

 

                                    

  

 

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