Our GCSE English Language and English Literature curriculum follows the AQA specification and is delivered over two years during Year 10 and Year 11. Please click on the headings for Language and Literature to access the relevant specification.
All pupils follow the same non-tiered specification (as is the case for English Literature) and will sit two examinations at the end of Year 11. Both examinations are 1 hour and 45 minutes and are each worth 50% of the total GCSE English Language grade. Students will be assessed on all the assessment objectives for English Language across the two papers.
Paper 1 is entitled ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’ and is split into two sections. Section A requires pupils to answer four questions on an unseen fiction extract, with a specific focus on analysing language and structure. In Section B students are required to write a description or narrative based on stimulus material.
Paper 2 is entitled ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’ and is again divided into two sections. In Section A students analyse both a non-fiction text and a literary non-fiction text from different time periods and answer four questions. One of these questions will require a comparison between the two sources. In Section B, students are required to present a particular viewpoint on a given issue through a non-fiction format.
In addition, students will also be prepared for a non-examination assessment for spoken language. Students will develop the skills to present a variety of information for different contexts and audiences, and respond to questions and feedback. This component is assessed on a pass, merit or distinction grading system.
Students will sit two examinations at the end of Year 11 (as outlined below) and will be assessed on all the assessment objectives for English Literature throughout the two papers.
Paper 1 is 1 hour and 45 minutes in total, and constitutes 40% of the total GCSE Literature grade. The paper is divided into two sections: in Section A students answer one question on their chosen Shakespeare play; in Section B, students will answer one question on their chosen 19th-century novel, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Paper 2 consists of three sections and is 2 hours and 15 minutes in total. This paper is worth 60% of the total grade. Section A requires pupils to answer one question on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In Section B students answer one comparative question on two poems from their studied anthology collection. Section C is the unseen poetry element of the paper, requiring students to answer one question on an unseen poem and a further question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
KS4 PPE (Pre-Public Examinations):
In order to measure progress towards their GCSE, pupils will sit PPE papers, for English Language and English Literature, during both Year 10 and Year 11. The dates for the 2016/2017 PPE examination series are as follows:
Autumn Term 2
Spring Term 2:
Spring Term 1:
Summer Term 2: