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KS4 English

 

Course Overview
This AQA course offers two GCSE certificates, one in English Language and one in English Literature. These examinations are non-tiered, and students will be entered for both English Language and English Literature, receiving two separate GCSEs. Over the two years a varied programme of reading, writing and oral work will be undertaken to ensure the students are prepared for these examinations.

 

English Language
The AQA specification is designed to help students of all abilities develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. In addition they are assessed on their ability to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary, techniques and sentence structures.

 

Paper 1 is entitled ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’ and is split into two sections. The paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes and is assessed via an examination.

Section A: Reading, 25%
Students read one literary fiction text from the 20th or 21st century and respond to a mix of short and extended questions.

Section B: Writing, 25%
Students produce one descriptive or narrative piece of writing. A written or visual prompt will be provided.

 

Paper 2 is entitled ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’ and is also divided into two sections. The paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes and is assessed via an examination.

Section A: Reading, 25%
Students read one recent non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text from the 19th century. They then respond to a mix of short and extended questions based on these sources.

Section B: Writing, 25%
Students produce one extended piece of non-fiction writing.
In addition, students will also be prepared for a non-examination assessment for spoken language. Students will develop the skills to present a variety of information for different contexts and audiences, and respond to questions and feedback. This component is assessed on a pass, merit or distinction grading system.

 

English Literature

The AQA English Literature course is designed to challenge, motivate and support every student, no matter what their level of ability. Students will encounter a wide range of poetry, drama and prose from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. The qualification will be assessed wholly through closed text examinations.

 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel,
[1 hour 45 minutes, 40%]

Section A: Shakespeare, 20%
Students will answer one extract-based question on the Shakespearean play Macbeth. They will be expected to respond analytically to the extract, as well as responding to the novel as a whole. 

Section B: 19th century novel, 20%

Students will answer one extract-based question on the 19th century novel ‘A Christmas Carol’. Similarly to section a, students will be required to respond analytically to the extract, as well as responding to the novel as a whole. 

 

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry, [2 hour 15 minutes, 60%]

Section A: Modern Texts, 20%
Students will respond to one question on the modern play ‘Blood Brothers’.

Section B: Poetry, 20% 
Students are required to answer one question, comparing two poems that they have studied previously in class. These poems will be selected from the ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster and are a mix of contemporary and literary heritage. 

Section C: Unseen Poetry, 20%
Students answer one question in response to a poem they have never seen before. Students are required to analyse this poem, and then compare this unseen poem with a second unseen poem. 
KS4 PPE (Pre-Public Examinations):
In order to measure progress towards their GCSE, pupils will sit PPE papers, for English Language and English Literature, during both Year 10 and Year 11.

 

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