English and Communication

English Language and English Literature specification:

Important changes:
Government changes to the curriculum this year mean there will be no modern text aspect of the Literature exam.

Subject: English Language

Qualification Type: GCSE

Exam Board AQA

Description of the course:
Studying English Language will help you to develop your analytical and reasoning skills, as well as speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These are life skills and are essential for every career. They are also skills that are key to maintaining successful personal and professional relationships.
The course is comprised of sub-courses based on reading skills such as the identification of the actual and inferred meaning of a text, how language has been used for effect and the comparison of texts. The reading material includes both fiction and non-fiction texts. As part of the course, you will also learn how to create a narrative with believable characters and how to write using language effectively to describe and persuade.

Assessment Structure:
Two examinations at the end of the course.
One teacher assessment of speaking and listening that provides an endorsement to the qualification.

English Literature
In accordance with the new government regulations, Year 11 will not be studying our modern text this year (Blood Brothers) so students will only have to study and revise Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol and the poetry anthology. They will also be learning how to respond to the unseen poetry question.

Subject: English Literature

Qualification Type: GCSE

Exam Board AQA

Description of the course:
The study of this course will provide you with an improved understanding of how people and society work and what their motivations are. During this course you will study a Shakespeare play, a pre-20th century prose text and poetry from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. You will be expected to be able to quote from these texts and analyse how the author has used language, structure and form to impact the reader and how the context is demonstrated and influences the text.

The study of Literature will help you to develop analytical skills and write concisely to inform. It will also further develop the skills needed to pass the English Language exam.

Assessment Structure:
Two external exams at the end of the course.

For more information, please contact: Miss Roberts and the English Department. 

 

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