English

English Language & Literature (GCSE

Years 10 – 11)

We are following AQA for both English Literature and English Language.

English Language Specification at a Glance

 

Paper 1:

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Paper 2:  Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Non-examination Assessment:

Spoken Language

What’s assessed:

Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text

 

Section B:  Writing – Descriptive or narrative writing

How it’s assessed:

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

 

Section B:  Writing – writing to present a viewpoint

What’s assessed:

(A07-A09)

·         Presenting

·         Responding to questions and feedback

·         Use of Standard English

How it’s assessed:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         80 marks

·         50% of GCSE

Assessed

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         80 marks

·         50% of GCSE

Assessed

·         Teacher set throughout course

·         Marked by teacher

·         Separate endorsement (0% weighting 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)

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)

 

 

English Literature

 

Regulatory Requirements:

  • Shakespeare play
  • 19th century novel
  • Modern fiction or drama (from the British Isles) from 1914 onwards
  • Selection of poetry since 1789 (to include representative Romantic poetry)
  • Comparison of 2 unseen texts
  • Closed book assessment

 

Paper 1:  Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

 

What’s assessed

  • Shakespeare
  • The 19th century novel

 

How it’s assessed

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

 

Questions

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

 

Additional Information:  For both the Shakespeare play and the 19th century novel, students will receive guidance about a set act and a set chapter or chapters at the beginning of the Spring term before the exam.  The extracts that appear on the exam for both the Shakespeare and the 19th century novel questions will be taken from the set act or chapter(s).

 

Paper 2:  Modern texts and poetry

 

What’s assessed

  • Modern texts
  • Poetry
  • Unseen poetry

 

How it’s assessed

  • 2 hour 15 minute written exam
  • 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.

 

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.

 

Section C:  Unseen Poetry

Students will answer one question on each of two unseen poems and one comparative question.