English

Key Stage 4: English Language

Why study English Language?

Studying English Language is an excellent pathway for future exciting careers. Teaching, journalism, media and advertising are just some of the careers your studies will support.

What will I study?

The English Language course offers a stimulating and engaging learning experience where you will study fiction and non-fiction texts as well as the craft behind creative writing.

What happens in lessons?

Within lessons, you will develop your reading, writing, analytical and communication skills through critically evaluating texts. You will also complete a spoken language unit (previously speaking and listening) which will emphasise the importance of the wider benefits that speaking and listening skills have for your future. The unit will draw on engaging tasks leading to a single summative assessment.

How will I be assessed?

The English Language specification offers the attraction of two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. Assessment is made up of two formal exams as well as a non-examination assessment on spoken language.

      • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50% of the GCSE)
      • Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50% of the GCSE)

What skills will I need?

English Language students need to be creative and imaginative. You will also need skills in communication, comprehension and interpretation in order to analyse and evaluate a writer’s choice of vocabulary, structural features and the impact of contextual influences within fiction and non-fiction texts.

Key Stage 4: English Literature

Key Stage 4: Why study English Literature?

Studying English Literature is an excellent pathway for future exciting careers. Teaching, journalism, media and advertising are just some of the careers your studies will support.

What will I study?

The English Literature course offers a stimulating and engaging learning experience where you will study of a wide range of modern, Shakespearian and 19th century texts.

What happens in lessons?

Within lessons we will focus on exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings. Novels such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein and A Christmas Carol will also allow us to bring drama and discussion into the lessons as well as more focussed analysis of language, structure and dramatic techniques.

How will I be assessed?

  • The English Literature exams are designed to suit everyone, allowing you to succeed on the best of your ability. Assessment is made up of 100% exam with two exams in total.
  • Paper 1 – Shakespeare and 19th century novel (40% of the GCSE)
  • Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry (60% of the GCSE)

What skills will I need?

English Literature students need to be committed and willing to open their minds to a range of texts. You will also need skills in communication, comprehension and interpretation in order to analyse and evaluate a writer’s choice of vocabulary, structural features and the impact of contextual influences.