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English Key Stage 4

GCSE English Language and Literature [Exam Board: AQA]  Shakespeare

This course will:

  • Develop pupils’ ability to communicate their ideas, knowledge, feelings and points of view orally and in the written form.
  • Develop pupils’ ability to understand literary texts.
  • Develop pupils’ ability to communicate an informed response and to speak and write effectively and accurately.

What content is covered?

English Language:

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

  • Section A Reading: one literature fiction text
  • Section B Writing: description or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • Section A Reading: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  • Section B Writing: writing to present a viewpoint

Non-examination assessment: Spoken language

  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Use of standard English

 

English Literature:

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

  • 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 text, poetry and unseen poetry

  • 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.

 

How will I be assessed: English Language:

Paper 1

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 2

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Spoken language (teacher assessment)

  • Teacher set throughout course
  • Marked by teacher
  • Separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

 

How will I be assessed: English Literature:

Paper 1

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Paper 2

  • Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Further information

AQA GCSE English Language Specification
AQA GCSE English Literature Specification

 

For more information on GCSE English Language and Literature, please contact Mrs K Wilding (Head of English) at the school.

 

 

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