English Language and Literature

All Year 9,10 and 11 students study the following core English GCSE course comprising two full GCSEs. This is a course which covers two GCSEs and results in separate grades and qualifications.

Course Content

The English Language curriculum focuses mainly on reading and writing with a separate assessment for the use of spoken language. The English Literature GCSE includes opportunities to study a range of novels, poetry and plays, including those by William Shakespeare. These will be graded 1-9 with 9 being the highest, the grades for both subjects are determined entirely by externally-assessed examinations taken at the end of Year 11. There is no tiering; all students are entered for the same exams and, because of this, most classes are of mixed ability.

Assessment – English Language

Paper 1

  • Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (externally examined) - 50%
  • 25% reading literature fiction
  • 25% descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2

  • Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (externally examined) - 50%
  • 25% reading non-fiction and literary non-fiction
  • 25% writing to present a viewpoint

Non-examination Assessment

  • Spoken Language (internally marked) - This does not count towards the GCSE but students will receive a separate endorsement on their certificates.
  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Use of Standard English

Assessment – English Literature

Paper 1

  • Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel (externally examined) 40%
  • 20% Shakespeare
  • 20% The 19th-century novel

Paper 2

  • Modern texts and poetry (externally examined) 60%
  • 20% Modern texts
  • 20% Poetry
  • 20% Unseen poetry

Progression

Success in this subject allows students to progress on to Sixth Form A level, Applied A level, or other Level 3 courses at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College, or elsewhere. Many of our students progress to take English language, English literature or both in higher education.

Start Date

July 2018

Exam Board

AQA

Location

Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level

GCSE