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English at Key Stage 4

We follow the Edexcel syllabi for English Language and English Literature. Both GCSEs have been overhauled and are now assessed via 100% examination at the end of Year 11. Students will not gain grades A*-G but grades 9 – 1, where a 7 is equivalent to an A and a 5 is equivalent to a C. All students study both GCSEs. The exams are untiered, so students of all abilities sit the same exams: different texts may be chosen for different classes depending on their length and accessibility.

English Language

Component 1: 19th Century Fiction and Imaginative Writing - 1h 45min exam 40%

Component 2: 20th/21st Century Fiction and Transactional Writing - 2hr exam 60%

20% of the marks for English Language are allocated to spelling, grammar and punctuation.

English Literature

Component 1: Post-1914 Drama OR Novel, and Shakespeare - 1h 45min exam 50%

Component 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry - 2h 15min exam 50%

5% of the marks for English Literature are allocated to spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Text choices for English Literature are below. We ask that students buy their own copies, and related study guides, so that they can then write in them as they are studied in class and at home.

Component 1 Novel/Drama

Component 1 Shakespeare

Component 2

19th C Novel

Component 2

Poetry

An Inspector Calls

Blood Brothers

Journey’s End

Hobson’s Choice

Animal Farm

Lord of the Flies

Anita and Me

The Woman in Black

Macbeth

The Tempest

Romeo and Juliet

Much Ado About Nothing

Twelfth Night

The Merchant of Venice

Jane Eyre

Great Expectations

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

A Christmas Carol

Pride and Prejudice

Silas Marner

Frankenstein

One collection from the anthology:

Relationships

Conflict

Time and Place

 

Term

Yr

English Language

English Literature

Autumn

10

Component 2 (a): 20th/21st Century Non-Fiction Texts

Component 2: 19th Century Novel

Spring

10

Component 1 (a): 19th Century Fiction extracts

Component 1: Post 1914 text - Novel OR Drama

Summer

10

Component 2 (b): Transactional Writing

Component 1: Shakespeare

Autumn

11

Component 1(b): Imaginative Writing

Component 2: Poetry

Spring

11

Reading and Writing skills for exams

Revision of texts for exams/practice essays

Summer

11

Revision

Revision

Students’ progress will be checked termly via the SIMS reports. They will also sit a Pre Public Exam in the Summer term of Year 10, and then again in the December of Year 11.