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English is where enquiring minds are fostered, where you will have the chance to learn how to express yourself, where the most difficult philosophical and societal questions are debated and explored, where the pages of a book transport us to cultures, histories, ideas and worlds beyond our own personal experiences and where creativity is cultivated and nurtured.  With a focus on enquiry, culture, creativity, reading, writing and oracy, our English curriculum has been designed to prepare your for life beyond our classroom.


How are the topics/units structured?

English Literature involves the study of four set texts and an unseen poetry unit.  These five elements are equally weighted and each worth 20% of the final exam grade.

These units are introduced and then revisited throughout the course to support with retention and to deepen understanding.

English Language develops analytical and evaluative reading skills and original writing skills.  The two key elements of this course are equally weighted and are each worth 50% of the final exam grade. 

On top of this, the English Language qualification has a spoken element, which is assessed separately and awarded as a separate grade (but not an additional GCSE).  For the spoken element, you will need to present your opinion on a topic of your choice which you must agree in advance with your teacher.


How will pupils be assessed?

English Language:  100% exam

Reading Skills:  50% of exam grade    /     Writing Skills:  50% of exam grade

Paper 1:  Creative paper: read and respond to a fiction source; write a piece of fictional writing: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Spoken Language Endorsement:  Assessment of one formal presentation given to an English teacher and a small pupil audience.

Paper 2: Writers' perspectives and viewpoints; read and analyse two non-fiction extracts; write a piece of opinion writing: 1 hour 45 minutes.

English Literature:  100% exam

Shakespeare:  20%  /  19th Century Fiction:  20% / Modern Fiction:  20%  /  Poetry Collection:  20% / Unseen Poetry:  20%

You will write essay-style, lengthy responses on each unit of the exam.

Paper 1:  Shakespeare and 19th C Fiction: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Paper 2:  Modern Fiction, Poetry, Unseen Poetry: 2 hours 15 minutes.

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