GCSE English Language at Acland Burghley School
Nearly all employers and educational institutions require a qualification in English. English and English Literature GCSEs will enable you to be a confident communicator in a range of situations. What skills will I develop? • reading and writing with clarity • analysis • literature appreciation • speaking and listening What will I be studying? There are two pathways for English at GCSE and students will be directed to either take two subjects, English Language and English Literature, or a combined course. For both courses, students will study: • pre 20th century texts • modern novel • 20th century drama • literature from other cultures • a Shakespeare play • a range of poetry • a range of non-fiction and media texts. How will I be assessed? Exams. Both pathways combine external exams with controlled assessments. Exams will be split over Y10 and Y11 and may take place in January as well as June. Functional skills All students will sit 2 functional English papers. These are: Unit 1: English in the daily world (1 hour) Reading non-fiction texts Unit 2: English in the daily word (1 hour) Writing: information and ideas Controlled assessments In place of coursework, students will now complete 4 controlled assessments. The tasks are determined by the exam board and will differ according to the pathway but will comprise creative and analytical writing. The number of hours students may have to complete the work is fixed and the work will be completed in school in controlled conditions before being marked by the class teacher. Speaking and Listening On both pathways, students will practise and be assessed on their oral communication skills. They will be required to show their ability to adapt their language, to interact and respond in a range of situations and to create and sustain roles. This is assessed in school by the class teacher. Head of Department: Ms Barker
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