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English is a compulsory subject on the timetable. What then does GCSE English offer as a separate subject? Well, two GCSEs for a start, in English and English Literature.

 

English Literature is an important course. Literature is English is a compulsory subject on the timetable. What then does GCSE English offer as a separate subject? Well, two GCSEs for a start, in English and English Literature.

 

English Literature is an important course. Literature is a more sophisticated term for texts worth reading. Basically we are looking at life through somebody else’s eyes to see things we may have missed and understand things about ourselves that we may not have realised. We share other people’s lives and broaden our own understanding. When we study a film we look at how the music, the camera angles and the sequence of the scenes produce a particular effect or emotion; when we study a novel or a poem we look at how words produce a similar effect or emotion.

 

Most people’s working lives are spent in groups. Most decisions are group decisions. In English we practise group talk with practical problems to solve. Drama offers an opportunity for role play and gives a greater awareness of the different parts we all have to play and a chance to practise without embarrassment.

 

Talking is often more important than writing, but writing is the form of most examinations and performance in the written part of the subject is most important for the future. At this stage of your school career, expect to write fewer pieces, at greater length and be prepared to redraft your first attempts. 

 

Writing also helps us to think more clearly and it is in the sifting of fact from opinion, the clear statement of a point of view, and in the encouragement of others to share it, that English as a subject offers a valuable opportunity. Within a few years of leaving school, most of the really important decisions about life are taken; English as a subject should help you to be more aware of the process of taking decisions that affect the whole of your life.

 

 

Teaching Staff:

 

Ms J Fletcher (Head of English)
Mr J Hall (KS3 Co-Ordinator)
Mrs R Elliott (Data Analyst)
Miss A O'Grady
Ms R Roberts
Mrs C Hill
Ms K Lyell (SEN teacher)
Mrs T Hayles(Cover Supervisor/Reading Mentor)

 

 

 

Examination Details:

 

AQA Syllabus A

 

Assessment:

English Language: Written Controlled Assessments 40%, Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment 20%, External examination 40%
English Literature: Written Controlled Assessment 25%, External examinations (2 papers) 75%
English: Written Controlled Assessments 40%, Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessments 20%, External examination 40%

 

Course Details:

 

English Language

 

Written Controlled Assessments:

 

  1. Extended Reading 15%
  2. Creative Writing (2 essays) 15%
  3. Spoken Language Study 10%

 

The course includes:

  1. Study of a novel
  2. Creative writing based on a variety of media sources
  3. Study of a wide range of non-fiction texts
  4. Analysing the spoken language of self as well as others

 

English Literature

 

Written Controlled Assessments:

  1. The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage 25%

 

The course includes:

  1. The study of poetry across time
  2. The study of modern prose and drama

 

English

 

Written Controlled Assessments:

  1. Understanding Creative texts (3 essays) 20%
  2. Producing Creative texts (2 essays) 20%

 

The course includes:

  1. The study of prose and poetry across time
  2. The study of Shakespeare
  3. Creative writing based on a variety of media sources
  4. Study of a wide range of non-fiction texts

 

  

What can I do with an English qualification?

 

English qualifications are a passport to tertiary education and a grade C pass is considered essential for many occupations.