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These courses develop skills that are highly-valued by further education institutions and potential employers. We hope to develop a love of reading in students, particularly as research has proved beyond doubt that readers are generally more successful than non-readers in many areas of life and work.

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what is english?

English Language comprises the study of reading and writing. Students develop their skills of reading a range of materials and writing for different purposes. There is an oral assessment but this does not constitute a part of students' final grades. English Literature comprises the study of Shakespeare, a 19th century novel, a modern play and a selection of poetry.

 
 
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key stage 4
English language

Specification: AQA GCSE English Language

Specification Link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

Year/Course Code: AQA 8700

English Language is vital to students and their studies across all other subjects. As such it is a compulsory GCSE along with English Literature. Students will learn how to analyse both Fiction and Non-Fiction writing; thinking about how language and structural techniques are used for effect. They will also use the techniques in their own creative writing. The skills they learn can be transferred to other areas of their education and covers aspects of critical thinking and engagement that will help students become well rounded and thoughtful adults. Communication is a big part of life and English Language allows students to develop these abilities throughout their learning; both written and spoken language skills are acquired and built upon through essay writing and discussion. Success in English Language will allow students to go on to their desired destination after their GCSEs; it is imperative that students engage with the course in order to fulfil their potential across all subjects.


Course Units and Description

Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What's assessed?

Section A: Reading
One literature fiction text

Section B: Writing
descriptive or narrative writing

Assessed written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks, 50% of GCSE

Questions
Reading (40 marks) (25%)– one single text

1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)
1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2 - Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

What's assessed?

Section A: Reading
One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing
Writing to present a viewpoint

Assessed written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks, 50% of GCSE

Questions:

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts

1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Non-examination Assessment - Spoken Language

What's assessed?

(AO7–AO9)

presenting
responding to questions and feedback
use of Standard English

Assessed:

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

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key stage 4
english literature

Specification: AQA GCSE English Literature

Specification Link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

Year/Course Code: AQA 8702

English Literature is vital to students and their studies across all other subjects. As such it is a compulsory GCSE along with English Language. Students will study a variety of texts across their GCSEs including a Shakespeare Play, a 19th Century Novel, A Modern Prose Text and Poetry. This variety of texts allows students to build up analytical skills across all forms of Literature which can then be transferred to other areas of their studies. In English Literature we get to lose ourselves in stories, explore new places, understand new characters and appreciate the time, skill and determination writers have. There are no wrong answers in English, as long as you can explain your position and give evidence for your point of view you can do well in the subject. It is this ability to enjoy and engage with the subject that will allow students to succeed in both the subject and life.


Course Units and Description

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
What's assessed

Shakespeare plays
The 19th-century novel
How it's assessed

written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
64 marks, 40% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice (Macbeth). They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice (A Christmas Carol). They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
What's assessed

Modern prose or drama texts
The poetry anthology
Unseen poetry
How it's assessed

written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
96 marks
60% of GCSE
Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text (An Inspector Calls).

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster (Power and Conflict.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

 
 
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industry links

There are oppitunities to take part in workshops with working professionals. Students take part in full length performances in different styles, usually 3 performances a year. Residential trips to places such as New York. Many trips to see live dance performances. 

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