English


Exam Board

Edexcel

What is GCSE English Literature:

 

 

English Literature focuses on the study of a variety of literary text.

 

Who might enjoy this course?

English Literature is studied by all pupils as it complements the English Language course and many of the skills overlap. There is a high success level in examinations.

What will I study?

What about exams?

 

From September 2015 English Literature changed. The course is begun in Year 9 and is assessed at the end of Year 10 by two examinations. The two papers are made up as follows:

Exams

 

 

 

 

 

Paper 1

Section A:

Shakespeare – Macbeth

• Two questions – one based on an extract of approx. 30 lines and one an essay on the whole play.

Section B:

Post-1914 British drama – An Inspector Calls

• Students study the play and have a choice of essay questions.

• Vocabulary, sentence structures, spelling, punctuation and grammar are assessed.

Paper 2

Section A:

19th Century Fiction – A Christmas Carol

• Two questions – one based on an extract of approx. 400 words and one an essay based on the whole novel.

Section B:

Poetry Anthology (provided by Edexcel)

• One question comparing one named poem from the Anthology and another poem from the same collection of the student’s choice.

• One question asking students to compare two unseen modern poems.

What could I do next with GCSE English Literature?

 

Progress to study a combined English Language / Literature A Level or individual Language or Literature courses, with a view to accessing further education to study syllabi such as English and Media.

     

English Language
 

Exam Board

Edexcel

What is GCSE English Language:

This is taught in Year 11 and assessed at the end of the year.

Who might enjoy this course?

English is a core subject that all students take.

What will I study?

What about exams?

The two papers are made up as follows:

Exams

 

 

 

 

 

Paper 1

Section A: Unseen 19th Century Fiction

• An extract from a 19th century fiction text of approx. 650 words.

• Students will be required to answer short comprehension-style questions which focus on close reading of the text and longer response questions to show their understanding of the whole text.

Section B: Creative Writing

• Students will have a choice of two tasks linked to the theme of the text in Section A.

• One of these tasks will include images as an optional stimulus for students.

• Assessed for writing for audience, purpose, tone and style as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Spoken Language Endorsement:

• Presenting, listening to questions and responding and the use of standard English.

• Teacher set and assessed.

• Separate endorsement reported as a separate line on the certificate. Not included in the GCSE grade.

Paper 2

Section A: Comparison of two unseen texts from the 20th and 21st century

• Two will be non-fiction extracts.

• Extracts will be up to 1,000 words in total.

• Shorter response questions will focus on the close reading of the individual texts; a longer response question will ask students to compare the writers’ use of language.

Section B: Transactional Writing

• Choice of two writing tasks linked to the theme of Section A.

• Choice of newspaper article, letter etc.

• Assessed for writing for audience, purpose, tone and style as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.

What could I do next with GCSE English Language?

English is a vital GCSE to have; it is a passport to further education and in aII aspects of the world of work.