Head of Department – Mr J. Hunt
Examination Board: Edexcel
All students in Years 10 and 11 follow a combined course in both English Language and English Literature which leads to TWO separate certificates at GCSE. Both are traditional academic subjects of high status, valued by employers and universities.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
We use a variety of resources including plays, novels, poetry, non-fiction and media texts to give students experience in speaking, reading and writing about a wide range of materials.
In lessons, we encourage a variety of viewpoints to be shared in discussions, and use oral presentations, improvisation, scripted drama, audio, video recording and research sessions to extend understanding and develop key skills.
Varied homework tasks include reading, research, learning spellings, grammar exercises, preparing oral work, and drafting essays.
You may also have the chance to see performances and attend workshops.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?
Speaking and listening: the ability to communicate clearly and with confidence in different situations; listening and responding; discussion; role-playing and analysing how speech works.
Reading: following arguments and collating material from various sources; understanding how writers and speakers achieve their effects.
Writing: communicating fluently for different purposes and audiences; improving grammatical accuracy and extending vocabulary.
HOW ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE ASSESSED?
The English Language examination tests reading and writing skills; the Literature papers assess understanding of novels and poetry.
You will also complete controlled assessments in: reading and writing non-fiction; speaking and listening tasks; a spoken language study; and writing for the spoken voice in English Language. For English Literature, the controlled assessments will require you to submit assignments on a play by Shakespeare and a modern play. All these pieces will be completed under controlled conditions, internally assessed and externally moderated.
In English Language:
Non-fiction: reading and writing 20%
Speaking and Listening/Spoken Voice 20%
One exam paper 60%
In English Literature:
Controlled assessments 25%
Two exam papers 75%
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER GCSE?
This course is excellent preparation for A-level in English Literature and for the IB route; it also relates to topics in A-level Media Studies and, with its emphasis on developing reading, writing and research skills, combines easily with any other subject.
English is valued as a minimum requirement for entry to most professions and a facilitating subject for all University departments. Skills developed are important for a wide range of professions including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Advertising, Business and Psychology.