English Language and Literature

Key Stage

4

Qualification

GCSE

Board

AQA

Core

Valid for

2018 - 2019

Contact

Mrs

C

Bailey

Faculty

English

Course Content & Assessment

We are a team of twelve teachers, all of whom teach across the Key Stages. We are assisted by two specialist Teaching Assistants and work closely with the Inclusion team in supporting students with additional needs in English.

Our students have opportunities to attend conferences, workshops and performances as well as participate in National Competitions. Recent trips have included visits to The Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, a performance at Poole's Lighthouse, A level Conferences, a theatre trip to London and a residential trip the Battlefields in Belgium.

In GCSE English Language students will study a variety of texts drawn from the 19th to 21st century and covering literary fiction and non-fiction. In the final examination all texts will be unseen; there is a focus on building reading skills. Students will also be tested on their extended writing skills.
In GCSE English Literature students study a wide variety of literary texts. Students are expected to read and understand these and be able to construct an academic essay that presents their own opinion. Students will study 'A Christmas Carol', 'Blood Brothers', 'Macbeth' and a poetry Anthology. All the examinations are closed book.
We run the literature course over three years, which means that Year 9 students will study one of the literature texts in Year 9 as well as some of the poetry.

Assessment
100% written examination
English Language Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and writing 1.45 hours
English Language Paper 2 – Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives 1.45 hours
English Literature Paper 1 – Shakespeare and 19th Century novel 1.45 hours
English Literature Paper 2 –Modern texts and poetry 2.15 hours

In Years 10 & 11 most students will study both the AQA Language and AQA Literature course. Both courses are linear and will be assessed through external exams at the end of Year 11.

Language
Prepares studnts for the two papers, one focussed on fiction and the other non- fiction. Students will need to confidently read a number of source texts, both modern and from the 19th Century.Language

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing
Section A: Reading - one literature fiction text
Section B: Writing - descriptive or narrative writing
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of GCSE
Questions
Reading: (40 marks) (25%)– one single text
1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)
Writing: (40 marks) (25%)
1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives
Section A: Reading - one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing - writing to present a viewpoint
written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of GCSE
Questions
Reading: (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts
1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)
Writing: (40 marks) (25%)
1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Literature
Engages students in the study of a 19th Century novel (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens), a Shakespeare play (Macbeth), a contemporary play (Blood Brothers by Willy Russell) and an Anthology of Poetry.

Paper 1: Shakespeare Macbeth, 19th Century novel A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens
One written exam. Externally assessed, 1 hour 45 minutes, 64 marks, 40% of GCSE
 
Section A: Shakespeare – Macbeth
One question with two bullet points:
Write about and analyse an extract
Write about the text as a whole
30 marks for content, 4 marks for quality of writing
Section B: 19th Century Novel – A Christmas Carol.
One question with two bullet points:
Write about in detail and analyse an extract
Write about the text as a whole, 30 marks

Paper 2: Modern Text – Blood Brothers, Poetry Anthology, Poetry Unseen
One written exam. Externally assessed, 2 hrs 15 minutes, 96 marks, 60% of GCSE
 
Section A: Modern text – Blood Brothers
Answer one essay question from a choice of two, 30 marks for content, 4 marks for quality of writing
Section B: Poetry Anthology
One comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the Anthology. , 30 marks
Section C: Unseen Poetry
Two questions. One on an unseen poem, 24 marks
One comparing this unseen poem to another unseen poem, 8 marks

‘I’ve found English to be an interesting and dynamic subject. It broadens your literary horizons and above all is really fun and engaging. English introduces students to a wider perspective on an otherwise closed world. For me it has been really valuable in helping to develop my understanding of the English Language and the skills that I have learnt transfer well to other subjects so it is a win win!’ Dylan Saberton – Stuart House

Entry Criteria & Progression

A Level entry requirement is a Grade 6 in both English Language and Literature

Queen Elizabeth's School

Blandford Road

Wimborne Minster

Dorset

BH21 4DT

Tel: 01202 885233

Email: office@queenelizabeths.com

Headteacher: Mrs Katie Boyes

Queen Elizabeth's School (Wimborne Minster) is a company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England and Wales: Company Number 8696394
Registered Office: Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4DT

© 2018 Queen Elizabeth's School.