CURRICULUM SUBJECT

English

We aim to create a life-long love of English literature and language all its forms through reading, writing, speaking, performing and listening.

Given the overwhelming amount of information that is presented to all of us in society nowadays, the ability to be both discerning and critical of texts is invaluable, so too is having the confidence and skills to consciously craft your own responses. The English Language course teaches pupils how to analyse, evaluate, and synthesise fiction and non-fiction extracts, while becoming perceptive readers and precise writers themselves.

Pupils take two separate GCSEs and gain two separate GCSE Grades: one in English Language and one in English Literature. However, the teaching of both disciplines is wholly integrated in all English lessons.

English Language GCSE

Paper 1: Section A Section A: Reading – a mixture of short- and long-answer questions related to a non-fiction text from Part 1 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology and one previously unseen extract. Total of 45 marks.
Paper 1: Section B Section B: Transactional Writing – one 45-mark writing task, from a choice of two involving a given audience, form or purpose. Candidates will be provided with the anthology text in the examination
Paper 2: Section A Section A: Reading – one 30-mark essay question on a poetry or prose text from Part 2 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology
Paper 2: Section B Section B: Imaginative Writing – one 30-mark imaginative writing task from a choice of three.

English Literature

Through the study of multiple literary texts – a Shakespeare play, a novel or short story collection, and a poetry anthology – Pupils’ analytical, essay writing skills are practised and honed. Through to rigorous discussion and debate, Pupils’ communication skills, and capacity to empathise, are strengthened. They also develop the ability to critically evaluate the social, historical, cultural and political contexts surrounding literary texts.

PAPER 1

PAPER 2

Poetry & Modern Prose
(90 marks; 2hrs)

Modern Drama & Literary Heritage Text
(60 marks; 1hr 30mins)

Section A – Unseen Poetry: one 20-mark essay question exploring the meaning and effects created in a previously unseen poem.

Section B – Anthology Poetry: one 30-mark essay question from a choice of two, comparing two poems from the Edexcel GCSE English Anthology

Section C – Modern Prose: one 40-mark essay question from a choice of two on each of the set texts.

Section A – Modern Drama: one 30-mark essay question from a choice of two on each of the set texts.

Section B – Literary Heritage Texts: one 30-mark essay question from a choice of two on each of the set texts.