Important News

English Year 11

 GCSE English & English Literature

Students in Years 10 and 11 will follow the AQA GCSEs in both English Language and Literature.  The first teaching of these new specifications is from September 2015.  Details of the specifications can be found here:   http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700 for English language and here:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702 for English literature.

Both courses will be assessed in the summer of Year 11 and will be assessed on the new scale of 1-9.

A Summary for English Language GCSE

There are two papers.

Paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes) Explorations in creative reading and writing.       

  • Section 1:   Students will have an extract from a 2th or 21st century fiction text and will have to answer 4 questions on it.  They will show comprehension skills and will be asked to analyse structure and language.

  • Section 2:   Students will write a narrative or descriptive essay from a choice of two.

Paper 2(1 hour 45 minutes) Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives.                     

  • Section 1:  Students will read two non-fiction extracts, one modern and one pre-20th century.  They will have 4 questions in which they have to show comprehension, comment on language, and compare the two extracts.

  • Section 2:  Students will have to write an essay that expresses a point of view on a topic based upon the extracts they have just read.

Each paper is worth 50% of the overall grade, 25% each section.

A Summary for English Literature GCSE

There are two papers:

Paper 1(1 hour 45 minutes) Shakespeare and the 19th century novel                   

  • Section 1:  Students will write an essay on the Shakespeare text they have studied.  There is no choice for this question.                                                                      

  • Section 2:  Students will write an essay on the 19th century novel they have studied.  Again, there is no choice of question.

Paper 2 (2 hours 15 minutes) Modern texts and poetry

  • Section 1:  Students will write one essay from a choice of two on the modern text they have studied.                                              

  • Section two:  Students will compare one of the poems they have studied from the anthology (the named poem will be printed on the exam paper) with another from the anthology (which will not be available to them in the exam).  Then they will write an essay on an unseen poem, followed by a short comparative essay on the first unseen poem and a second unseen poem on the exam paper. 

Each paper is worth 50% of the overall grade.  Both exams are closed book, which means that students will not have access to the texts in the exams.    

This is subject to change, but the students will be informed of every decision.

Course Books and Equipment
  • AQA Anthology: Relationships poetry
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • An Inspector Calls          Please note that these texts may change in future years.
  • Planner, pens, pencils, English book, folder, eraser, ruler
Events and Trips
  • Visits to current West End productions
  • Student conferences




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