Key Stage 4

English Language and Literature
This course is a very demanding three-year course leading to linear exams in Year 11. There will be four examinations in total (two for English and two for English Literature) and students will leave with two GCSEs.

What will I learn?
You will be required to study the following whole texts in detail:
• Two plays by Shakespeare.
• An anthology of 15 poems on the theme of ‘Power and Conflict’.
• A nineteenth-century novel.
• Representative poetry of the First World War.
• British fiction, poetry or drama since the First World War.
• Seminal world literature, written in English.
• Writing skills to fit a variety of purposes: Describe, inform, persuade, argue and explain.

You will learn how to read a wide range of texts for understanding and respond to them critically. You will also develop your writing skills in order to write accurately, fluently and at length as well as plan, draft, edit and proof-read confidently and effectively. You will be expected to be familiar with English grammar and terminology as well as understand how language is adapted for different purposes and audiences. Finally, you will learn how to communicate and express ideas clearly; take part in discussion; organise your ideas into sentences and paragraphs; use accurate spelling and punctuation, and write using a variety of styles to achieve different effects. You will participate in specific speaking and listening tasks and practice examination questions.

What sort of homework will I be set?
You will be asked to research, complete wider reading, write drafts and essays and prepare for exam practice questions.

What coursework will I need to do?
It is a 100% exam-based course. No coursework will be completed.

Pupils will sit two examinations for English Language, both of which will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long and will make up 50% of the marks each. For English Literature, pupils will also sit two examinations with a split weighting of 60%/40%, one of 2 hours and 15 minutes, the other of 1 hour, 45 minutes.

What qualification will I gain?
GCSE: AQA English Language and AQA English Literature


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