GCSE English Literature and Language

 

English Literature and English Language

(Compulsory)

 

Examination Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Tiers of Entry: Single

Note: this course is 100% exam, there is no controlled assessment or coursework. Students cannot take copies of the texts they have studied into the exam.

The Bonus Pastor English department is dedicated in ensuring pupils make greater than expected progress in the subject of English. We uphold and display the values of the School and encourage the pupils to also be courageous at every possible opportunity within our subject area. Our aim is to deliver ten outstanding lessons to every pupil in years 10 and 11 over a two-week timetable.  The role played by support staff in the progress of our pupils is valued highly.  We maintain strong links with all stakeholders involved with the achievement of our pupils in English.

Course Content and Assessment

More information can be found on the AQA website:           https://www.aqa.org.uk/

 

English Language

 

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

1 hour 45-minute written exam

80 marks

50% of language GCSE

Section A Reading: analysis of one fiction text

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Section B Writing: descriptive or narrative writing

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content + 16 marks for technical accuracy)


 

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

1 hour 45-minute written exam

80 marks

50% of language GCSE

Section A Reading: analysis of one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text – two linked texts

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8 marks, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Section B Writing: writing to present a viewpoint

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content + 16 marks for technical accuracy)


 

English Literature 

 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel

1 hour 45 minute written exam

64 marks

40% of literature GCSE

Section A Shakespeare: Students will answer one question on Macbeth. 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 19th century novel: Students will answer one question on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.


Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

2 hour 15 minute written exam

96 marks

60% of literature GCSE

Section A Modern texts: Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on the play An Inspector Calls.

Section B Poetry: Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and the 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.

 

Homework: 

Homework is generally set once a week. The English teachers’ objectives are to focus on a reading and a writing skills.  Teachers will try to ensure that homework forms part of the classwork or in preparation for subsequent English lessons. Homework is very often differentiated, according to the capability of the pupils.  We aim to challenge pupils at all levels and abilities. 

 

Revision: 

Revision Guides are available to order from the English department. We offer revision guides for ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ / ‘An Inspector Calls’ / ’Macbeth’ /’Power and Conflict Poetry’

We also have revision guides for English Language- reading and writin

More information can be from the following websites:

  • British Library resources
  • bl.uk/discovering-literature
  • Bl.uk/learning
  • Bl.uk/world-war-one 
  • Bl.uk/Victorian-Britain 

 

Progression: 

Once pupils have completed their GCSEs they have the opportunity to explore the following progression options. 

Please noite pupils need to achieve a minimum of a Grade 4 in order not to be required to re-sit at their Furth Education provider, and many providers will require a Grade 5 or above to study certain subjects such as History, Law and English A Levels. 

  • BTECs (level 3)
  • A-Levels
  • Technical Baccalaureate

 Careers:

  • Digital Copywriter
  • Editiorial Assistant
  • English as a Foreign Language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Publishing 
  • School teacher
  • Web content manager
  • Writer 

Find out more at: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/english


For more details, please email the Head of Department at: FaliW@bp.lewisham.sch.uk