All students will study the AQA GCSE qualifications in both English
Language and English Literature (two separate GCSEs).
What is English Language?
The study of English Language develops a growing maturity of approach and sophistication of materials in the key areas of reading, writing and oral communication. Students will develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different fiction and non-fiction texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. Students will also develop the ability to write clearly, coherently and accurately for a range of different audiences and purposes. There is also a continued emphasis on formal speaking and listening skills.
How is the subject taught?
Students will be largely grouped by ability, and in all groups participate in peer and group activities, completing regular peer and self-assessment activities.
|Year 10||Year 11|
|Aut.1||Language Paper 1||Shakespeare (Literature)|
|Aut.2||19th-century novel (Literature)||Spoken Language|
|Spr.1||Power & Conflict poetry (Literature)||Language Paper 2|
|Spr.2||Modern Text (Literature)||Revision|
|Sum.1||Unseen Poetry (Literature)||Revision|
How is it assessed?
At the end of Year 11 students will sit two exam papers for English Language, totalling 3½ hours of examination. Both exam papers will test reading and writing skills, and students will be expected to respond to unseen texts.
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)
- Section A: Reading – Students respond to one unseen literature fiction text
- Section B: Writing – Descriptive or narrative writing
Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)
- Section A: Reading - Students respond to one unseen non-fiction text and one unseen literary non-fiction text
- Section B: Writing - Writing to present a viewpoint
20% of the total marks will be awarded for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Students will also complete a formal presentation which will be awarded in a separate endorsement.
What does it lead to?
Many employers require a good pass in GCSE English Language to prove that candidates have a sound level of competence in both speaking and literacy, and it is often specified as a requirement for further education.
A good pass in English Language demonstrates that the student has acquired a range of communication skills that would be essential in a wide variety of careers.
You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use English on the BBC Bitesize website.
For example careers that can lead from this subject click here.