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Key Stage 4 English

Students taking GCSE English Literature also study GCSE English Language.

The Year 11 course for English Language is taught largely through literature and thus enables students to continue acquiring the skills necessary for either English Literature or English Language at A level

Our GCSE program offers students a sound and exciting foundation for moving on to A level and degree level study. In addition to being essential at GCSE it is highly regarded by Russell Group Universities at A level. A wide range of employers in the fields of law, accountancy, media, PR and the Civil Service prize the subject highly when selecting recruits.

Course Descriptions

English Literature

In Year 10, students study:

  • Shakespeare, Dryden, Steinbeck and Priestley
  • a wide range of poetry
  • skills of analysis

The emphasis is on developing a personal response based on an enjoyable, analytical study of each text. This involves writing well planned, thoughtful essays which make good use of relevant quotations.

English Language

In Year 11 students study a wide range of literary fiction and non-fiction and continue developing and consolidating skills acquired in Year 10. Student studies include poetry, adventure, travel, history, journalism, novels, biography and drama.

Assessment and Examinations

English Literature (AQA)

Controlled assessment: 4 hours, segmented into periods of 40-50 minutes over 5-6 days (25%).

At the end of the course there are two examination papers:

Paper 1: Students answer one question on An Inspector Calls and another on Of Mice and Men. Paper 2: Students answer one question on the poetry they have studied and respond to an unseen text.

English Language (Cambridge)

There are three written controlled assessments:

  • Imaginative/descriptive writing
  • Analytical/discursive writing
  • Informative/argumentative writing

In addition, there is a Speaking and Listening examination in March/April followed by the external examination papers.

  • External Examination 40%
  • Controlled Assessment 40%
  • Speaking and Listening examination 20%