English and Literacy
Year 10 - Subject Information
AQA English Literature GCSE (taken at the end of year 10):
English Literature GCSE is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, regardless of their ability. This GCSE involves the completion of two equally-balanced, untiered literature papers: Paper One ‘Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel’ and Paper Two ‘Modern texts and poetry’.
Paper One: a closed book exam which includes an extract-based question on the 19th-century novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare.
Paper Two: a closed book exam which includes a question from ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestly. Students then complete a question from the ‘Power and Conflict' poetry cluster followed by the unseen poetry questions.
The curriculum takes a skills-based approach to the study of English Literature that is consistent across genres.
English Literature provides skills which will enhance students cross-curricular development and future academic studies including the study of AS and A-level English Literature.
Spoken language (previously speaking and listening): Pupils will become aware of the importance of effective verbal communication. Preparation towards this endorsed unit will be achieved through, the practice and encouragement of good verbal communication in class, with the final completion of a summative assessment.
Year 11 - Subject Information
AQA English Language GCSE:
English Language GCSE enables pupils of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century. This GCSE also provides students with the skills to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
English language covers two equally-balanced papers: Paper One ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’ and Paper Two ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’. Both papers consist of two sections: Section A requires students to read a source and answer related questions and Section B requires students to produce a piece of writing inspired by the theme/topic presented in the source.
Paper One: looks at how fiction writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers.
Paper Two: looks at how non-fiction writers use various writing methods to present varying viewpoints and perspectives.
English qualifications are useful for many careers, but particularly for working in journalism and publishing, education and training, counselling and social services, marketing sales and advertising, and management. English leads to a wealth of opportunities, whether pursuing employment, further academic or vocational studies. The skills are needed across a range of job roles and everyday life. More information can be found in the links below:
‘English Career Ideas and Case Studies’: Click Here
UCAS - Click Here