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English English

Key stage 4
Year 10,11
Teaching staff

We follow the AQA English Language and Literature specification, which enables students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly.

Our aim by the end of Key Stage 4 is for students to have achieved a high level of literacy and qualifications that will allow them to access the next part of their journey into further education or employment.

English Language GCSE

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

All texts in the examination will be unseen.

What's assessed?

Section A: Reading (40 marks) (25%) – one single text - one literature 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 (40 marks) (25%) - descriptive or narrative writing
  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

What's assessed?

Section A: Reading (40 marks) (25%) - one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  • 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)
Section B: Writing (40 marks) (25%) Writing to present a viewpoint
  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

English Literature GCSE

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

How it's 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

How it's 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.