English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. Gaining a qualification in English language demonstrates an ability to read, write and articulate oneself verbally. Studying for English language and literature involves exploration of a range of fiction, non-fiction and literary non-fiction through which students are able to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
WHAT TOPICS WILL I STUDY DURING THE COURSE?
Students will study a number of GCSE literature texts such as A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers. This will enable them to gain an overall understanding of themes and characters, embarking on a deeper exploration of these texts in their lessons. Through interactive and drama based teaching, it is our intention to foster a life-long interest in and a love of reading in our students. Students will also study Shakespeare and will have a choice of texts from Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
Students will also investigate the meaning and understanding of fifteen poems based on Love and Relationships. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own poetic writing skills alongside the study of these poems.
Students will also develop their written skills through writing creatively, descriptively, to argue, persuade and to inform.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I USE AND DEVELOP?
The skills acquired through studying for the language GCSE are essential to participating fully as a member of society. Moreover, the skills taught in these two subjects are transferable and therefore invaluable to success across the curriculum, and highly regarded by further and higher educational institutions and employers alike, they are invaluable for students’ life chances.
Students will also develop extended writing skills in preparation for examination questions on both the English literature and English language exam.
WHAT EXAMINATIONS WILL I TAKE?
Competence in language and literature are tested in four final exams.
Linear Examinations—4 exams
Paper 1: 1 hour 45 mins
Paper 2: 1 hour 45 mins
Paper 3: 1 hour 45 mins
Paper 4: 2 hours 15 mins
Students will also complete a speaking and listening assessment where they will produce a presentation on a subject of their choice.
HOW WILL THE COURSE HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE CAREER?
Qualifications are now graded from one to nine with nine demonstrating exceptional knowledge, understanding and mastery of skills. Studying for and sitting these exams requires maturity, commitment and resilience but gaining a qualification in either of the English subjects will give students options to study most courses in further education. English is a highly valued qualification and gaining good grades in the subject is a great way to further your life chances.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?