English

(AQA GCSE English Language)

Contact: Mrs L Southwell - Federation Lead for English

Course Details:

In English, we will offer the AQA English Language which will provide students with the opportunity of securing a GCSE qualification in English Language. The course consists of three strands—reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Assessment: 

This course is 100% examination and is not tiered:

Examination Requirement:

  • Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing 1 hour 45 minutes 80 marks (50%)

The aim of this paper is to engage students in a creative text and inspire them to write creatively themselves: in section A, reading a literature fiction text in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers in section B, writing their own creative text, inspired by the topic that they have responded to in section A to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.

In each paper Section A will be allocated 40 marks, and Section B will be allocated 40 marks to give an equal weighting to the reading and writing tasks.

  • Unit 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives 1 hour 45 minutes 80 marks (50%)

The aim of this paper is to develop students’ insights into how writers have particular viewpoints and perspectives on issues or themes that are important to the way we think and live our lives. It will encourage students to demonstrate their skills by: in section A, reading two linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to consider how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader. In section B, producing a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in section A.

In each paper Section A will be allocated 40 marks, and section B will be allocated 40 marks to give an equal weighting to the reading and writing tasks.

Spoken Language Endorsement:

Additionally, students need to be able to: listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.

The Spoken Language endorsement will be reported on as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

Skills Developed:

•Develops advanced analytical reading skills
•Encourages the critical appreciation and interpretation of how texts communicate their meaning and achieve effects upon the audience
•Develops awareness of understanding of a range of everyday texts, such as might be encountered in the media
•Develops ability to communicate effectively in speaking and listening and writing in a range of contexts
•Develops research skills
•Involves insight and understanding into human dilemmas and encourages awareness of diverse cultural experiences
•Emphasises the importance of drafting and re-drafting
•Encourages increasing independence and self-reliance

Beyond Year 11:

The course leads logically onto a range of courses offered by the English Department at the V1 Campus: A-levels in English Language, English Literature, Media Studies and Film Studies.
It is also advantageous in relation to other subject areas, such as Performance Studies, Psychology and History.


(AQA GCSE English Literature)

Contact: Mrs L Southwell - Federation Lead for English

Course Details: 

Assessment:

This course is 100% examination, not tiered and is closed book.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What is assessed:

Shakespeare plays
The 19th-century novel

How it is assessed: Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 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.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What is assessed:

Modern prose or drama texts
The poetry anthology
Unseen poetry

How it is assessed: Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes 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 one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Skills Developed:

  • Develops analytical reading skills
  • Encourages the interpretation and critical appreciation of how texts communicate their meaning and achieve effects upon the audience
  • Develops research skills
  • Involves insight and understanding of human dilemmas, encourages awareness of diverse cultural experiences and the importance of social and historical contexts
    Encourages increasing independence and self-reliance

Beyond Year 11:

The course leads logically into A-Level courses offered by the English Department at the V1 Form Campus, primarily English Literature, but also Film Studies.
It is also beneficial in relation to courses offered within other subject areas, especially Performing Arts, Psychology and History.