English & English Literature Curriculum Information
What is it about?
Both English Language and English Literature are core curriculum subjects. They involve the study of reading and writing for different purposes and audiences. Literary and non-literary texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries will be studied. Students need to examine the methods writers use and also examine how the reader is engaged; they will then need to apply such skills to their own writing, being creative, as well as being organised and accurate. Since we are studying the art of written and spoken language, it is accessible to all, but those who wish to succeed should be readers themselves.
What sort of work is done?
In English Language we study a range of Literary fiction and Literary/ non-Literary non-fiction. This means we look at a variety of extracts from fiction texts, but also extracts such as diaries and news articles. Some of the texts from the 19th Century – the Victorian period- are compared with more modern texts. The GCSE is challenging and we need to be able to understand a wide range of texts. We write in similar styles to the texts we study, but particularly focus on Narrative and Argument writing.
In English Literature we read and study a Shakespeare text, a Victorian novel, a modern play and an anthology of poetry. We need to respond to the writer’s ideas and language, suggesting reasons for how they’ve written and why. Our responses are largely in extended essay format.
How is it examined?
English Language and English Literature are both assessed by terminal examinations at the end of Year 11. There is a single tier of entry for all students. There are two papers (Paper One and Paper Two) for each exam, resulting in 4 exams in total. There is a separate Spoken Language award, for which a Pass, Merit or Distinction is awarded. Some students will need to record their talks.
English is required to progress onto all next level courses. Most courses will require a grade 5 pass, which is the approximate equivalent to the old-style top C/ low B. If a student doesn’t get the required standard, they are required to re-sit Post 16.
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