The English Faculty offer a variety of GCSE routes (through the exam board EDEXCEL) to Year 10 and 11 students, which will enable some students to leave in Year 11 with two GCSE’s.

This GCSE is awarded at both Higher Tier grades A* - D and Foundation Tier grades C – G. The course is comprised of the following units.

Unit 1: English Today

This unit it shared with GCSE English Language.  Students develop reading analysis of non-fiction texts, and a writing task.  This is liked to themes set by the exam board twice yearly.  Unit 1 forms 20% of the overall GCSE mark and is completed under controlled assessment conditions.

Unit 2: The Writer’s Craft

This unit comprises the study of 2 prose texts, currently ‘Of Mice and Men’ and a Shakespeare play.  There is also a writing response linked to a familiar situation.  Unit 2 is assessed via examination at the end of Year 11 and forms 60% of the overall GCSE mark.

Unit 3: Creative Responses

This unit comprises the study of a poetry collection and the developing of writing skills.  Students complete a reading task, in which they write about three poems, and also a writing task, where they are expected to write with creative imagination.  This unit is completed under controlled assessment conditions and is worth 20% of the overall GCSE.

English Language and English Literature Key Stage 4 – GCSE

Examination Board: EDEXCEL (Double Aware)

This course must be taken with GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Language

This GCSE is awarded at both Higher Tier (A* - D) and Foundation Tier (C – G).  The course comprises of the following units.

Unit 1: English Today

This unit is shared with GCSE English Language.  Students develop reading analysis of non-faction texts, and a writing task.  This is linked to themes set by the exam board twice yearly.  Unit 1 forms 20% of the overall GCSE mark and is completed under controlled assessment conditions.

Unit 2: The Writer’s Voice

This unit requires the study of a prose text, currently ‘Of Mice and Men’.  There is also a writing response linked to a familiar situation. Unit 2 is assessed via examination at the end of Year 11, and forms 60% of the overall GCSE grade.

Unit 3: The Spoken Language

This develops speaking and listening skills and offers the opportunity to develop analyse spoken language and explore the use of spoken language in speeches, stories with the focus on dialogue and scripts.  This unit is taken under controlled assessment conditions and forms 20% of the overall GCSE grade.

GCSE English Literature

Examination Board: ESEXCEL (Double Aware)

This course must be taken with GCSE English Language.

This GCSE is awardee at both Higher Tier (A* - D) and Foundation Tier (C-G). The course comprises of the following units.

Unit 1: Understanding Prose

Students study two prose texts; one of these is ‘Of Mice and Men’, a cross over from English Language course.  Students will write an essay on each text.  This unit is assessed via examination at the end of Year 11 and is worth 50% of the overall GCSE grade.

Unit 2: Understanding Poetry

Students will study a range of poetry from the EDEXCEL Anthology taken from the works of twelve named poets.  Students will write an essay on one unseen poem and a comparative essay on prepared poems.  This is assessed via examination and forms 25% of the overall GCSE grade.

Unit 3: Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama

Students will study a Shakespeare play and a contemporary play.  They will produce an essay on each text.  This unit is completed under controlled assessment conditions and forms 25% of the overall GCSE grade.

Supporting your Child

Homework is usually set through Edmodo; parents can join this site as well through your child.  You can support your child’s learning by encouraging your child to be independent and complete homework by the deadline set.  You can also support your child with the suggested reading that links to the topic for the half term, using questions to engage your child on their understanding of the text covered in lessons.  Promote the use of either the school library or your local library and read books together, so that you can discuss this.  Listening to your child read every day is a crucial way to develop skills in English

Useful Books

  • Shakespeare texts that are applicable
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Clay by David Almond
  • I am David by Ann Holm
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

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